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From the author of A Separation, a taut and electrifying story about a woman caught between many truths.

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.

©2021 Katie Kitamura (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Beautifully layered story

The story is well told, with a believable protagonist who puts words to familiar feelings. It reflects a tensed life, but also one which threatens to spoil out of its girdle of expectations. Looking forward to more from this author.

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very highly recommended

excellent story.
brilliant narration of the text.
good character development.
very highly recommended.
first class writing.

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Enjoyed it while it lasted!

I suppose if I had the printed book in my hand, I would’ve seen what a small volume it is and I wouldn’t have been taken aback by the quick, unexpected ending. I was fully expecting the story to go on and develop for a bit longer. However while it lasted, the writer’s flowing style and descriptions of the multiple “intimacies” kept me captivated..
I gradually warmed to the reader’s performance. At first I felt she sounded a bit robotic, but her interpretation of the various characters was very helpful.