Katie Kitamura Writes a World Ruled by Charisma


In “Intimacies,” the author suggests that beauty, seduction, and charm order our lives.

By Katy WaldmanJuly 24, 2021

“At times, intimacy suggests friendship
—a nearness of hearts—
and other times merely precision, 
a nearness in sense, or proximity, 
a nearness in space. 
These forms of closeness want to bleed together, 
and characters sweat to keep them straight,
to be close to one another in the “right” ways. 
The result is a rich, novelistic portrait of an abstraction.”
––Katy Waldman’s Review of Katie Kitamura’s Intimacies