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"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. " -- From Amazon
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon and Schuster, 2018
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501166761
Characteristics: 275 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 15, 2019

NYT 10 Best 2018

Mar 11, 2019

Well, damn! I guess midway through my ninth decade I've learned I have no feel for innovative fiction (if I had any prior).
I would love to say I see the connection between 'Folly' & 'Madness' but I don't.
I loved the Alice/Ezra story. The Amar tale seemed jerky band out of sorts to me.
Ah well...

Mar 11, 2019

Loved it

Jan 30, 2019

A beautifully written book. Amazing to think that this is Lisa Halliday's first novel. It's not a typical novel in its form. There are two very different sections focusing on two different stories. They seem unrelated, but of course, they are not. I'm thinking that the message is that our actions have consequences. Planes flying into towers affect the future lives of people in New York and Baghdad and many other parts of the world for decades. We are all connected, although we pretend that we aren't. I don't know.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jan 17, 2019

Uniquely structured, these 3 loosely connected stories won’t be for everyone. This one will stick with me for a while as the resonances between the stories continue to sink in. Interesting.

Jan 05, 2019

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Dec 29, 2018

On Barack Obama's Top Books of 2018

Nov 30, 2018

NYT Best 10 Books

Nov 28, 2018

Intriguing book; and especially so with Philip Roth's recent death. Really well written and you want to think it's all true (she did have a relationship with Roth). The second part of the book- a seemingly unrelated story, is also totally engrossing but then leaves you feeling that it's a little contrived. Overall really liked.

Nov 18, 2018

A memorable sentence in the "Folly" section helped me guess early on the connection to the "Madness" section. I have been struck by how many online commenters have finished the book without seeing the connection, (there is also a clue in the final section). Is that the fault of readers, or is the writer failing to connect clearly? Since Alice is the focus of the first section I think the novel would have been stronger if she, rather than Ezra, had been the focus of the final section.

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Jun 04, 2018

Two stories only connected at the abstract level. Beautiful language.


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