Gone to the Forest: Book summary and reviews of Gone to the Forest by Katie Kitamura

Gone to the Forest

A Novel

by Katie Kitamura

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Gone to the Forest by Katie Kitamura
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2012
    224 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Set on a struggling farm in a colonial country teetering on the brink of civil war, Gone to the Forest is a tale of family drama and political turmoil in which fiery storytelling melds with daring, original prose. Since his mother's death, Tom and his father have fashioned a strained domestic peace, where everything is frozen under the old man's vicious control. But when a young woman named Carine arrives at the farm, the tension between the two men escalates to the breaking point.

Hailed by the Boston Globe as "a major talent," Kitamura shines in this powerful new novel.

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"Starred Review. Kitamura, with spare, mesmerizing prose, paints a memorable vision of emotional chaos echoed by geologic and political turmoil." - Publishers Weekly

"Kitamura has abandoned the clarity of motives and the beautifully spare prose of The Longshot, but her unidentified place and time, and the actions and motivations of these three human cyphers, ensure that readers will be pondering Gone to the Forest long after they finish that final sentence." - Booklist

"The death-throes of a colonial world captured in dark, obsessive prose, punctuated by images of strange, surreal beauty: the falling ash, the river of dead fish. One thinks at times of both Coetzee and Gordimer, but Kitamura is very much her own writer, and makes you feel keenly the tragedy of her three lost souls." - Salman Rushdie

"A watchful and magnificent work. From the first page, Kitamura is in complete control, both of the prose and of the story it carries. She is a skilled hunter and we are her helpless prey." - Teju Cole, author of Open City

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Katie Kitamura

Katie Kitamura is based in New York. She has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Wired, and The Guardian, and is a regular contributor to Frieze. Visit her online at twitter.com/katiekitamura.

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