Asymmetry
ISBN: 1501166786
EAN13: 9781501166785
Language: English
Publication Date: October 16, 2018
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 8.37" L x 5.50" W
Weight: 1.11 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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A TIME and NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BOOK of the YEAR * New York Times Notable Book and Times Critic's Top Book of 2018 NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2018 BY * Elle * Bustle * Kirkus Reviews * Lit Hub * NPR * O, The Oprah Magazine * Shelf Awareness The bestselling and critically acclaimed debut novel by Lisa Halliday, hailed as extraordinary by The New York Times , a brilliant and complex examination of power dynamics in love and war by The Wall Street Journal , and a literary phenomenon by The New Yorker. 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 a transgressive roman a clef, a novel of ideas, and a politically engaged work of metafiction ( The New York Times Book Review ), and a masterpiece in the original sense of the word ( The Atlantic ). Lisa Halliday's novel will captivate any reader with while also posing arresting questions about the very nature of fiction itself.

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