Asymmetry Novel

This debut novel by Lisa Halliday is broken into three parts that may or may not be connected. She had a relationship with Philip Roth when she was in her twenties and it is hard to read the book without referring to that romance. There is much to admire in her writing. I especially enjoyed this philosophy a character explains during an interview passage. “It’s human nature to try to impose order and form on even the most defiantly chaotic and amorphous stuff of life. Some of us do it by drafting laws, or by painting lines on the road, or by damming rivers or isolating isotopes or building  better bra. Some of us wage wars. Others write books.”

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