Princeton-Stanford Book Group

Reading "Asymmetry" by Lisa Halliday




Feeling all tangled up in love, luck, life, and art lately?


Us too, so we're heading into Asymmetry for the next Princeton-Stanford book club meeting and regrouping again at the beginning of April. Hope to see you there.


Book: Asymmetry, A Novel by Lisa Halliday

New Location: Private residence in Cambridge.


Please message Ashley Evans,  for address.

Date & Time: Sunday, April 7th, 6:30 PM


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.