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Podcast Episode
12:00pm

Intimacies

with Katie Kitamura
Hosted by Sean Wilson

Intimacies

with Katie Kitamura
Hosted by Sean Wilson
24
Tuesday
May
12:00pm
Katie Kitamura

Sean Wilson sits down with Katie Kitamura, whose latest acclaimed bestseller, Intimacies , was one of the best reviews novels of 2021. It was a New York Times TOP 10 Book, Longlisted for the National Book Award and a “best book of the year” from Washington Post, Vogue, Time, Oprah Daily, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Atlantic, Kirkus and Entertainment Weekly.

 

An interpreter has come to The Hague to escape New York and work at the International Court. A woman of many languages and identities, she is looking for a place to finally call home.

 

She's drawn into simmering personal dramas: her lover, Adriaan, is separated from his wife but still entangled in his marriage. Her friend Jana witnesses a seemingly random act of violence, a crime the interpreter becomes increasingly obsessed with as she befriends the victim's sister. And she's pulled into an explosive political controversy when she’s asked to interpret for a former president accused of war crimes.

 

A woman of quiet passion, she confronts power, love, and violence, both in her personal intimacies and in her work at the Court. She is soon pushed to the precipice, where betrayal and heartbreak threaten to overwhelm her, forcing her to decide what she wants from her life.

 

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