Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

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Asymmetry Read Online Free - 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
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ISBN : 150116676X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 277 pages


Larry rated it ★★★☆☆

March 13, 2018

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 message worked for you? This dilemma arose for me after reading Lisa Halliday's debut novel, Asymmetry ....

Angela M rated it ★★★☆☆

January 03, 2018

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 lived in the Boston area I definitely understand the Red Sox - Yankees rivalry and we lived there in 2004 whe...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

January 04, 2018

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 very differently, the first a famous author, an older man, already successful, his life near the...

Esil rated it ★★★★☆

January 04, 2018

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 each other. The first part features an asymmetrical relationship between the narrator, a young woman n...

Elyse rated it ★★★★☆

March 19, 2018

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 front of me - I took it for a test run and liked the beginning right away., It started off with a BANG.....

Gumble's Yard rated it ★★★☆☆

February 18, 2018

Asymmetry is the debut novel of Lisa Halliday. The book consists of two novellas and coda. The first novella, set in the early 2000s tells the story of Alice – both the opening and closing of this novella, make it clear that the characters name is a very explicit nod to the Alice of Lewis Carroll...

Andrew rated it ★★★★☆

February 05, 2018

Three stories – well two really, one being told in two parts. 1. A young female editor has a sexual relationship with an eminent, ageing writer. We are told little of the woman other than that we directly observe. What we observe is that she seems rather naive and lonely and does little other than...

Doug rated it ★★★☆☆

March 22, 2018

There are two virtually unrelated stories here. The first section is a realistic story of the affair an aging (single) well known author has with a much younger girl, Alice, who is an editor. In that the cute author actually dated Phillip Roth for a time, much of the story must have been based on...

Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 04, 2018

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 disparate stories gain resonance as their perspectives interact and overlap, with yet new implicat...

Paul rated it ★☆☆☆☆

February 18, 2018

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 Novel” =”doorstop of a book, usually pretentious, written by a man.” Lionel Shriver (Independent 2010)...

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