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Barack Obama’s 29 favorite books of 2018



Lisa Halliday’s novel “Asymmetry” is divided into three different sections that explore the imbalances underpinning human connections: inequalities in age, talent, power, money, fame, geography, and justice.

The first section focuses on a book editor working with a much older and more famous writer, sparking an unexpected romance in the early years of the Iraq war.

The second section focuses on an Iraqi man who, while attempting to visit family in Kurdistan, is forced to spend the new year in a holding room in Heathrow.

The final section shows how these stories overlap, showing readers a connection between the West and the Middle East.

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