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Asymmetry

A Novel
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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 listener while also posing arresting questions about the very nature of fiction itself.

©2018 Lisa Halliday (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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  • Elizabeth
  • 16/02/2018

This is not a fair review. Doesn’t work in audio format.

I think this may be the first review I wrote before I finished a book. I love the story premise and am very intrigued but I cannot follow the audio and it’s even linear. It jumps in time and place with such suddenness I get totally confused and lost. My guess is that the written book has line breaks or something to indicate this and it just doesn’t work in audio. Sadly, I’m going to have to return it.

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  • lulrey
  • 22/05/2018

Terrible, painful, pointless

Wow. This was the biggest disappointment. And the narrator is TERRIBLE. Her voice is so annoying, especially when she does Ezra’s voice. It was physically painful to listen to. Sad I wasted my credit on this pointless and boring book.

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  • MConway
  • 27/05/2018

Unsatisfying

This novel, though well-written, is divided into three parts, and each part is tedious in a different way. I kept going with it because I was hoping the stories would link up, but they never did. The third part is very short — only two chapters — and by then I understood that I would not be satisfied; however, having gone so far I decided to stick with it to the end. I often like books that are well-written in which nothing much happens, but this one felt like a tease the whole way, which for me was unpleasant.

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  • Kimberly
  • 23/01/2019

Kept waiting for something to happen

No idea why this book has received such accolades. Two slices of life, very quotidian, very mundane. Is it about the differences in the lives of men and women? Natives and the foreign born? By the end I didnt care. Whatever the big deal about this book it escaped me.

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  • Aparries
  • 06/12/2018

I don’t get it

I’ve seen reviews that say 2 unrelated stories are brought together amazingly by a final coda. I have a degree in Literature. Reading this book and reviewing it in an academic scope I can see it has merit, but, to me, the best literature doesn’t have to be examined and over-explained by experts in order to be understood. It should be accessible.

This is 2 really good short stories and some epilogue that makes little sense. They both suck you in before you know it. They are very well written, engrossing and deliberate In how the stories are told and what parts of the character’s stories are told.

Decent stories as 2 short stories, unfortunately, to really understand the “asymmetry” of the story you have to have a degree in Literature.

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  • Mary
  • 23/02/2018

Loved it.

Just finished it. Writing superb. Thought-provoking. Funny. Characters so expertly fully fleshed out. Planning to read it/listen to it again.

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  • S B
  • 22/01/2020

Boring, difficult to follow as an audiobook

Perhaps this would not have been so boring if the narration had included any clues at all about breaks in time or changes in setting (usually shown in print books with a line of asterisks or a large gap between paragraphs). As such, it was impossible to follow. Maybe the print book jumps around just as much, I'll never know because I don't care as this book was boring.

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  • Steve Winnett
  • 24/12/2018

Tedious and pretentious nonsense

This is the first of the New York Times's 10 best books for 2018 I have listened to. It is absolutely awful. To quote Gertrude Stein on Oakland, "There is no there there." I don't care about the gold digger Alice who spreads her legs for the aging fraud Ezra in the first part, nor do I care one whit for the stupid remarks and life of an Iraqi American economist being detained at Heathrow, and Ezra Blazer's dumb interview at the end sheds no light on this "narrative" for me. What a total fraud this book is! Are the other 9 of the New York Times's 10 best books for 2018 as bad as this totally overhyped, shallow, stupid collection of words? A collection of words is actually a good way to describe this book - there is so much filler material just to stretch it out so it is long enough to be called a "novel". Long quotes from books, reading out all the names of jurors being selected, long descriptions of baseball games - nothing but filler! I soldiered on to the end waiting for some revelation - nothing. This book is a giant con job. I really regret that I spent my hard-earned money on this overrated garbage.

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  • isabella
  • 07/06/2018

great book

This is a wonderful book told by three different people. Each section is a story on to itself though there seems to be a link between the 3. I especially liked the middle section which is about a young man stuck in the London Airport because of his origins. The narrator has a beautifully modulated voice and his story is heart wrenching without being maudlin.

The first and third sections are also quite good though I found those two stories (which are more closely linked than the 2nd) of less interest. The first is about a young woman's affair with a well known writer who is much older than she is. Some of the descriptive passages are quite beautiful and it is not hard, on some level, to sympathize with the protagonist's sense of futility
and loneliness but it doesn't have the same relevance as the 2nd section.

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  • Brian
  • 24/02/2018

Leaving a Doll's House, again

This novel was powerful, quiet, and more than the sum of its parts. I enjoyed it more knowing some of the biographical background for the first section. As another reviewer noted, the first part can be hard to follow because of the insertion of other texts and perspectives (and maybe the narrator could have offset these sections better), but you'll figure it out all right. It took me a couple of hours to get into this novel, but it was worth it.

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