Asymmetry / Lisa Halliday.

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    • Publication Information:
      First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "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" -- From Amazon.
    • Content Notes:
      Folly -- Madness -- Ezra Blazer's desert island discs.
    • Notes:
      29 43
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    • ABNT:
      HALLIDAY, L. Asymmetry. First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition. [s. l.]: Simon and Schuster, 2018. ISBN 9781501166761. Disponível em: Acesso em: 14 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Halliday L. Asymmetry. First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition. Simon and Schuster; 2018. Accessed July 14, 2020.
    • AMA11:
      Halliday L. Asymmetry. First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition. Simon and Schuster; 2018. Accessed July 14, 2020.
    • APA:
      Halliday, L. (2018). Asymmetry (First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.). Simon and Schuster.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Halliday, Lisa. 2018. Asymmetry. First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition. Simon and Schuster.
    • Harvard:
      Halliday, L. (2018) Asymmetry. First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition. Simon and Schuster. Available at: (Accessed: 14 July 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Halliday, L 2018, Asymmetry, First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition., Simon and Schuster, viewed 14 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Halliday, Lisa. Asymmetry. First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition., Simon and Schuster, 2018. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Halliday, Lisa. Asymmetry. First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition. Simon and Schuster, 2018.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Halliday L. Asymmetry [Internet]. First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition. Simon and Schuster; 2018 [cited 2020 Jul 14]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2018 January #1

*Starred Review* Halliday's beautiful debut novel is written in three distinct parts. In the first, Alice, a young editor in New York, embarks on a relationship with Ezra, a much older, multi-Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist. Though they are decades apart, the two find commonality in their love of literature, music, and baseball, and their relationship steadily grows stronger and more loving as the old millennium gives way to the new. In the novel's second part, readers meet Amar, an Iraqi American who is being detained at Heathrow Airport en route to his brother in Kurdistan. Amar's story is told mostly in flashbacks, illuminating both the joys of his family and also the tragedies of a war-torn country and its people. Amar's and Alice's stories are, at first glance, completely unrelated and can easily be enjoyed as such. Halliday moves from sparse, purposeful prose in the first to an almost brooding narration in the second, and only the lightest touches seem to link them, until one final moment. The third and final section is an interview with Ezra, and it is here that Halliday deftly and subtly intersects the two disparate stories, resulting in a deep rumination on the relation of art to life and death. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 February #1

In the first of two stories making up this debut novel, a young woman named Alice becomes involved with a famous, much older, literary prize-winning author. As their relationship deepens, the questions relevant to a seasoned man of the world in later life contrast with those of his naïve, inexperienced paramour. The second story concerns Iraqi American Amar, who is detained at Heathrow while traveling to see his brother in Kurdistan via London and eventually denied entry to the UK. During his 36 hours in detention, he recalls his childhood and why he chose to be American while his brother chose to be Iraqi. The story ends abruptly in disaster, and the book circles back to Ezra years after his affair with Alice, the single thread connecting the two equally well-told stories. While the first story may have readers wondering about the characters' motivations (does Ezra think he is fooling anybody by calling Alice his assistant?), the second builds a picture of life as a dual national, the eventual need to pick a side, and the consequences. VERDICT Full of choices and of opposites—young/old, seasoned/novice, American/Iraqi—this thought-provoking book is evocative of the world we live in today. Highly recommended for readers of literary fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 8/21/17.]—Joanna Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Libs., Providence

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.