Kate Kitamura’s Intimacies details a few months in the life of an interpreter at The Hague who is looking for belonging to a place and perhaps to a partner. Just as she has to see beyond the words in her work, she has to interpret the actions of her married lover as well as the alleged atrocities of a war criminal she works with at the International Court. This novel is both quiet and thrilling.
Intimacies by Katie Kitamura, (List Price: 26, Riverhead Books, 9780399576164, July, 2021)
Reviewed by Rachel Watkins, Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia