Simon & Schuster
On Sale: October 16, 2018
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Coming of Age
The bestselling and critically acclaimed debut novel by
Lisa Halliday, Asymmetry, 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
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