A Separation

A Separation

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"A taut, complex portrait of a marriage haunted by secrets, in which a woman finds herself traveling to Greece in search of her missing, estranged husband"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2017
Branch Call Number: FICTION KIT
Characteristics: 229 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780399576102
039957610X

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mgross225
Dec 10, 2018

from Marsha

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goodfox
Nov 04, 2018

PBS NewsHour - NYT book club pick,
Nov

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lshabon
Jun 21, 2018

Felt as though I was reading a rough draft of a novel that hasn't been fully fleshed out. The characters felt flat and emotionless and the plot non-existent.

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harrissusanc
Dec 11, 2017

A young wife narrates her separation from her husband (and almost everything else) on her search in Greece. Not your typical infidelity story, the Rachel Cusk voice and character grows oddly and gradually distanced and disturbed by all worldly mores. Slow and less developed first half, could have been sharper and shorter for a better read.

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LizzieCent
Nov 03, 2017

A long slog to an unsatisfying ending.

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lnbrarian
Oct 04, 2017

A little... boring? But I was compelled enough to finish it.

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drichards1701
Jul 10, 2017

I'm always on the lookout for a good mystery and it was rated very well commercially. Usually I will stick with anything but this was too painful to finish. Very slow. Uninteresting characters and plot. Disappointing.

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m0mmyl00
Jun 12, 2017

"A woman" (she is never named), travels to Greece in search of her husband, Christopher. Her purpose is to inform him that she wants a divorce, but she's also going at the behest of his mother, who is concerned that she cannot contact him. No one knows it yet, but that's because he's dead. Once in Greece, she learned that he has continued his practice of constant philandering. Ultimately, he was found dead; there are no suspects, no leads, and no motive other than random robbery. Arrangements are made for his body to be shipped back to the states.
This book is engrossing, not because of the plot but because the woman's thoughts, reactions, fears, self-governing machinations are made wholly available to the reader. She is torn between sadness and relief at the ending of her marriage. And she peers into her own psyche to determine the source and meaning of every nuance of feeling.

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laphampeak
Jun 04, 2017

I read with expectation as the story moved to lack of typical completion. The writing has more style than story so I enjoyed how the author took us on the journey that departed from the more typical search for missing person or who committed the crime.

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llwboston
Jun 04, 2017

I gave up a little less than halfway through, just not "mesmerized" by the endless thought processes of the narrator, who thinks a great deal but seems relentlessly distant from what is actually happening to her. I was curious enough about the disappearance to skip to the ending, which was sufficiently unsatisfying to make me glad I did not spend any more time on the meandering text.

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