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Lisa Halliday

Biography

Lisa Halliday

Lisa Halliday grew up in Medfield, Massachusetts and currently lives in Milan, Italy. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review and she is the recipient of a 2017 Whiting Award for Fiction. ASYMMETRY is her first novel.

Lisa Halliday

Books by Lisa Halliday

by Lisa Halliday - Coming of Age, Fiction, Literary, Racism, Romance, Social Issues

ASYMMETRY explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations in three sections. The first section, “Folly,” tells the story of Alice, a young American editor, and her relationship with a famous and much older writer. A tender and exquisite account of an unexpected New York romance that takes place 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.