*A NEW STATESMAN AND OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR 2021*
**A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2021**
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.
'An amazing book, beautiful and captivating.' Elif Shafak
'A gorgeous, destabilizing meditation' Raven Leilani
'Kitamura writes with forceful, direct prose that makes for a bracing read and leaves the reader mesmerized.' Vogue *Best Books to Read in 2021*