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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Erik Albarda
  • 16 03 2018

Intriguing but uneven

Part 1 is a masterpiece. However part 2 got boring after a couple of minutes. Part 3 was again well done in an original format. It made me wish for more by Lisa Halliday.

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  • Carolyn M. Kell
  • 11 04 2018

Beyond words!

I have not read a more poignantly rich creative piece in years! The author has made a name for herself, no doubt, with this tantalizing thread of glowingly realistic yarns. So, too, deserving are the actors who brought this story to life in such vivid end eclectic personality and emotion!

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  • P. Bergh
  • 07 04 2018

Brilliant writing and production, but disjointed

Listening to this book, with its wonderful prose and fabulous readers, was both pleasurable and frustrating. It feels like half a book or two or three short stories. I was actually kind of surprised, since NYT gave it such a glowing review. That said, I do think the author is someone to watch, as her ability to craft dialogue and description is really rather remarkable. Now, she just needs to work on story line.

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  • Linda McCauley Brownlee
  • 31 03 2018

Asymmetry

At the end, this listener is at loose ends. Did I miss something? We abruptly leave young Mary Alice who works for a publishing house and her prize winning author Ezra as he lies in a hospital bed. He challenges her to stay with him and take the risk of loving him til the end. Abruptly, we join a family who returns to their native Iraq engaged in healing its gunshot wounds and loss of self governance. Both are intriguing stories, but asymmetrical. Good read, for the reader to takes the risk. I am glad I did.

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