Asymmetry

Asymmetry

Book - 2018
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"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. A debut novel about love, luck, and the inextricability of life and art, from 2017 Whiting Award winner Lisa Halliday."
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon and Schuster, 2018
ISBN: 9781501166761
150116676X
Branch Call Number: FICTION HALLI...L
Characteristics: 275 pages ; 22 cm

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Candaceb108
Mar 18, 2018

The first part of the book is interesting for awhile. The second section relates to a completely different topic, and I supposer represents the asymmetry of the title. In other words, while the mundane is happening others are trapped in a Kafka-esque struggle brought on by American's conflict with the Middle East and its religions. Then in part three we return to one of the characters of the first section, for more banality. Meh.

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