Thursday, August 19, 2021


Interpreting. Over the course of 240 pages in her novel titled, Intimacies, Katie Kitamura presents an unnamed everywoman as she struggles to interpret meaning for her life while she interprets language in her translating job at The Hague. The need to interpret in both her work life and personal life add to the daily burdens of this fascinating character who also grieves the recent death of her father. We watch as the interpreter narrows her focus and misses much of what is important around her. At the same time, we find that turning away from larger troubles can open a capacity for intimacy. As we read this book, we’re likely to shut out other distractions and feel an intimacy of our own with this finely written novel as we try to figure out what is going on in our world and how we find our place there. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase Intimacies from

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