Asymmetry

Asymmetry Review

A singularly inventive and unforgettable debut novel about love, luck, and the inextricability of life and art, from 2017 Whiting Award winner Lisa Halliday.

Told in three distinct and uniquely compelling sections, Asymmetry explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations: inequities in age, power, talent, wealth, fame, geography, and justice. The first section, Folly tells the story of Alice, a young American editor, and her relationship with the famous and much older writer Ezra Blazer. A tender and exquisite account of an unexpected romance that takes place in New York during the early years of the Iraq War, Folly also suggests an aspiring novelist’s coming-of-age. By contrast, Madness is narrated by Amar, an Iraqi-American man who, on his way to visit his brother in Kurdistan, is detained by immigration officers and spends the last weekend of 2008 in a holding room in Heathrow. These two seemingly disparate stories gain resonance as their perspectives interact and overlap, with yet new implications for their relationship revealed in an unexpected coda.

A stunning debut from a rising literary star, Asymmetry is an urgent, important, and truly original work that will captivate any reader while also posing arresting questions about the very nature of fiction itself.

Title:Asymmetry
Edition Language:English

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    Asymmetry Reviews

  • Larry H

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars.How do you judge a book—do you just consider whether or not you liked it, or do you also take into consideration whether or not the author's attempt at conveying a messag...

  • Sarah Jessica Parker

    I was so happy to get my hands on this book. Enjoyed and glad I read it....

  • Angela M

    There were things that I liked about this “novel “ in three parts. In the first part, “Folly”, I especially loved the literary references, the music, and I loved the baseball talk. Having live...

  • Diane S ?

    3.5 I did not feel an emotional connection to this book, but I did find it intellectually stimulating. Something very different, very original and elegantly conceived. Two novellas, which are written ...

  • Esil

    3.5 stars, although my thoughts on this one are a bit asymmetrical.It’s a book of themes, with asymmetry as the centerpiece. It’s broken into three parts of uneven length, tenuously connected to e...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Library Overdrive - spontaneous- ‘available’ download. This is one of those books I had seen around - but couldn’t remember reading anything about it. So- while out walking - with no reviews in ...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I know what I'm supposed to experience with this book, and it was this promise that forced me through to the end (I was stalled at 42% for a while, choosing to read other books):"These two seemingly d...

  • Adam Dalva

    Really good, interesting book whose structural ambitions are partly disguised by the directness of its prose. This is functionally two novellas and then a short transcript, (one that works a bit too h...

  • Paul Fulcher

    For her part, Alice was starting to consider really rather seriously whether a former choirgirl from Massachusetts might be capable of conjuring the consciousness of a Muslim man. “Great American No...

  • WILLIAM2

    No lame summary can possibly prepare you for the deep narrative pleasures this book serves up.Part 1: FOLLY is set in Upper West Side (Manhattan). It’s the touching and at times hilarious story of a...