Asymmetry: A Novel

Asymmetry: A Novel

Synopsis

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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Chapters

  • Asymmetry 01 Title
    Duration: 40s
  • Asymmetry 02 I Folly a
    Duration: 29min
  • Asymmetry 03 Folly b
    Duration: 37min
  • Asymmetry 04 Folly c
    Duration: 19min
  • Asymmetry 05 Folly d
    Duration: 31min
  • Asymmetry 06 Folly e
    Duration: 56min
  • Asymmetry 07 Folly f
    Duration: 51min
  • Asymmetry 08 II Madness a
    Duration: 02min
  • Asymmetry 09 Madness b
    Duration: 02min
  • Asymmetry 10 Madness c
    Duration: 01min
  • Asymmetry 11 Madness d
    Duration: 07min
  • Asymmetry 12 Madness e
    Duration: 01min
  • Asymmetry 13 Madness f
    Duration: 06min
  • Asymmetry 14 Madness g
    Duration: 04min
  • Asymmetry 15 Madness h
    Duration: 12min
  • Asymmetry 16 Madness i
    Duration: 02min
  • Asymmetry 17 Madness j
    Duration: 06min
  • Asymmetry 18 Madness k
    Duration: 08min
  • Asymmetry 19 Madness l
    Duration: 44min
  • Asymmetry 20 Madness m
    Duration: 04min
  • Asymmetry 21 Madness n
    Duration: 14min
  • Asymmetry 22 Madness o
    Duration: 29min
  • Asymmetry 23 Madness p
    Duration: 02min
  • Asymmetry 24 Madness q
    Duration: 30min
  • Asymmetry 25 Madness r
    Duration: 19min
  • Asymmetry 26 III EzraBlazersDesertIslandDiscs
    Duration: 53min
  • Asymmetry 27 Credits
    Duration: 44s

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