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Asymmetry

(2018)
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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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Wow. Asymmetry is a rare book in the sense that it is always shocking to read something this good and polished and fully formed, a novel that impossibly seems to be everything at once: transgressive and intimate and expansive, torn from today's headlines, signifier of the strange moment we now occupy. Somehow this book, this author has all but exploded into the world, fully formed. Lisa Halliday is an amazing writer. Just open this thing, start at the beginning." - Charles Bock

"Asymmetry is a novel of deceptive lightness and a sort of melancholy joy. Lisa Halliday writes with tender laugh-aloud wit, but under her formidable, reckoning gaze a world of compelling characters emerges. She steps onto the literary stage with the energy of a debut novelist and the confidence of a mature writer." - Louise Erdrich

"Lisa Halliday's debut novel starts like a story you've heard, only to become a book unlike any you've read. The initial mystery is how its pieces fit together; the lasting one is how she pulled the whole thing off. Deft, funny, and humane, Asymmetry is a profoundly necessary political novel about the place for art in an unjust world." - Chad Harbach

"Amazing. Ms. Halliday has a unique ability to make the familiar strange, and the strange familiar. I'm struggling to think of a novel that has had a similar effect on me. Asymmetry is funny, sad, deeply humane, and clearly the product of bold intelligence at work." - Kevin Powers


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March 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Asymmetry
Author(s): Lisa Halliday
ISBN: 1-78378-360-5 / 978-1-78378-360-1 (UK edition)
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February 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Asymmetry: A Novel
Author(s): Lisa Halliday
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November 2018 : UK Paperback
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Author(s): Lisa Halliday
ISBN: 1-78378-362-1 / 978-1-78378-362-5 (UK edition)
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October 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Asymmetry: A Novel
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ISBN: 1-5011-6678-6 / 978-1-5011-6678-5 (USA edition)
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February 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Asymmetry
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ISBN: 1-78378-396-6 / 978-1-78378-396-0 (UK edition)
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February 2018 : USA Audio edition
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February 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Asymmetry: A Novel
Author(s): Lisa Halliday
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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February 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Asymmetry: A Novel
Author(s): Lisa Halliday
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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Kindle Editions

February 2018 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Asymmetry
Author(s): Lisa Halliday
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February 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Asymmetry: A Novel
Author(s): Lisa Halliday
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA