Asymmetry | Granta

  • Published: 15/11/2018
  • ISBN: 9781783783625
  • 129x20mm
  • 288 pages


Lisa Halliday

‘A scorchingly intelligent first novel’ New York Times
‘Spellbinding’ New Yorker
‘Thrilling’ Guardian

In New York, Alice, a young editor, begins an affair with Ezra Blazer, a world-famous, much older writer. At Heathrow airport, Amar, an Iraqi-American economist en route to Kurdistan, is detained by immigration. Somehow their lives are connected, in this unconventional love story that has things to say about all of contemporary life.


Lisa Halliday's Asymmetry is elegant, funny, ingenious, profound and wildly enjoyable. You'll read it in one sitting, only pausing now and again to check the endpapers and confirm that this is indeed a first novel. I loved, admired and envied this novel. It's a wonder

Zadie Smith

Spellbinding... A literary phenomenon

Katy Waldman, New Yorker

Lisa Halliday's striking debut is certainly - as the title implies - a sharp examination of the unequal power dynamic between men and women, innocence and experience, fame and aspiration... Daring [with] deliciously fertile ambiguities [and] a delicately devastating irony... this is a debut asking a dizzying number of questions, many to thrilling effect. That it leaves the reader wondering is a mark of its success

Justine Jordan, Guardian

The Author

Lisa Halliday has worked as a freelance editor and translator in Milan, where she lives with her husband. Her debut, Asymmetry, was published by Granta in 2018. Her short story ‘Stump Louie’ appeared in The Paris Review in 2005.

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An excerpt from Lisa Halliday's Asymmetry