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Fiction Asymmetry Lisa Halliday America is Not the Heart Elaine Castillo Freshwater Akwaeke Emezi PB $27.99 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, finds himself detained for the weekend. What draws these characters together, and how do their lives connect? Playful and inventive, tender and humane, Asymmetry is a novel which illuminates the power plays and imbalances of contemporary life. PB $29.99 How many lives can one person lead? When Hero De Vera arrives in America, disowned by her parents in the Philippines, she’s on her third. Her uncle, who has offered her a fresh start, knows not to ask about the first and second. And his wife has learned enough about the De Vera family to keep her head down. Only their daughter Roni questions Hero, and only the fierce but open-hearted Rosalyn has any hope of bringing Hero back from the dead. PB $27.99 Ada was born with one foot on the other side. Prayed into existence by those who believe they are her parents, Saul and Saachi struggle to deal with the volatile and contradictory spirits peopling their troubled girl. When Ada heads to college, the group of selves within her grows in power. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves seize control, her life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction. The Mars Room Rachel Kushner Kudos Rachel Cusk The Pisces Melissa Broder PB $32.99 Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility. Outside is the San Francisco of her youth, the strip club where she once gave lap dances for a living, and her son, now in the care of Romy’s estranged mother. Inside, women are hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive. Romy sees the future stretch out ahead of her – until news from outside challenges her to escape her own destiny. HB $29.99 The award-winning author of Outline and Transit completes the trilogy with Kudos. A writer visits a Europe in flux, where questions of personal and political identity are rising to the surface and the trauma of change is opening up possibilities of loss and renewal. Faye begins to identify among the people she meets a tension between truth and representation that causes her to consider questions of acclaim, justice and the ultimate value of suffering. PB $29.99 Lucy, staying in a beautiful home overlooking Venice Beach, can find no peace from her misery – not in therapy, not in Tinder hook-ups, not in ruminating on the ancient Greeks. Yet everything changes when Lucy becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer one night while sitting alone on the beach rocks . . . Pairing neurotic hilarity with pulse- racing carnality and fierce feminism, The Pisces is hot, bothered and unforgettable.