I love a book that draws me in. A book where I really get to know the characters and want to know what happens to them. I did not feel any of that with Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday. I really didn’t care about the characters because i really didn’t like them and I just wasn’t drawn to them.
Asymmetry is a novel in 3 parts. The first part is about a young woman, Alice, who has an affair with a very much older Pulitzer Prize winner, Ezra Blazer. I did not relate to these two characters and nothing really seemed to happen. The second part is the story of Amor an Iraqi American who is held up in an airport in England. This story was a bit more interesting as it showed the immigrant experience and what it is like for those of Middle Eastern descent. The story did weave in and out of different times in Amor’s life and I found it a bit confusing. I did enjoy learning about life in Iraq and reading of the perspective of regular people just trying to live in the country they were born in. The third section is an interview with Ezra Blazer, the writer from the first story. In this section we learn a bit more about the life of Ezra.
I think that Asymmetry is a book not so much about the emotional experience but about the literary experience. I may come back to it sometime in the future to look more closely for themes and connections which I wasn’t doing at all because I was trying to get connected with the characters. I think looking for themes and connections with give me a very different reading experience than trying to emotionally connect with the book.
If crass language bothers you then skip this book. If you like a book where you can look for connections and themes and symbols you might want to give this book a try.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.