Katie Kitamura’s second novel, A Separation, has been making the rounds as the next gotta-read-it title. (And I’ve spotted it more than a few times on the train lately.) It is no surprise, given the book’s intriguing details—missing spouse, a marriage besmirched by apparent indifference and frequent cheating—with Greece as their backdrop.
But then, literary uncoupling has always fascinated me. Oh sure, we can always plop down with a beach read (Hawkins, Flynn, Kubica: I’m looking at you), but these books embrace the tumultuous.
Days of Adandonment, by Elena Ferrante
Ever wondered what a Woody Allen-like movie relationship would look like in Italy? (No, not To Rome With Love.) Ferrante—you might have heard of her—takes on extreme infidelity with reckless abandon.
Dept. of Speculation, by Jenny Offill
Speaking of expectations, Offill inventories the entire history of a relationship utilizing a myriad of literary styles.
Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff
Relationship unbroken but complicated as hell. And let’s share the drama with others shall we?
The Futures, by Anna Pitoniak
A recently released title that builds up the expectations of a once perfect coupling (always in Connecticut), only to have those hopeful ambitions crash into the reality that is Manhattan.
Identity, by Milan Kundera
I read this just out of college and really want to reread it. What struck me was how in-the-mind Kundera writes his characters. The result is beautiful as you take in every aspect of how a love affair crumbles.