Let's read the literary fiction that's been winning prizes and hitting critics' top-10 lists since 2000: authors like Jennifer Egan, Marlon James, Paul Beatty, Colum McCann, Bernardine Evaristo, Ben Lerner, Esi Edugyan, Scott Spencer, Emma Donoghue, Lisa Halliday, Valeria Luiselli, George Saunders, Aravind Adiga, Julia Phillips, Tommy Orange, Colson Whitehead, Ling Ma...
Meetings are monthly on the near North Side. Feel free to message me with ideas for possible venues near the Red Line.
Named a top book of 2018 by Time, the New York Times and numerous other publications, Lisa Halliday's 'Asymmetry' also won a 2017 Whiting Award. It's 304 pages. The publisher says:
"Asymmetry explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations...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."
"Why “Asymmetry” Has Become a Literary Phenomenon" - The New Yorker
"'Asymmetry' Is A Guide To Being Bigger Than Yourself" - NPR