Assembly

Assembly

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 05/05/2022
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Assembly
Thought-provoking, confronting and captivating
This is an intense, confronting and undeniably necessary exploration of racism, sexism, abuse and classism. In short staggered prose, Brown has managed to ... READ MORE
Tamara  Paine
Assembly
Thunderous
Natasha Brown manages to state obviously and with crystal-clear conviction the vast, infuriating injustices which perpetuate and depend on Britain's coloni... READ MORE
Benny Duverge-Pryce
Assembly
One Hell of a Reflection x
This book may be small, but its punch and bite are incredible. Starting with the fact that it is well written and has a unique layout, this book leads you ... READ MORE
Brena  Newnham

Synopsis

*Foyles Fiction Book of the Year 2021*  Natasha Brown’s debut is a slim, razor-sharp novel with not a spare sentence, artfully melding first-person narration with a poet’s touch and the influence of cultural texts—the story of a young Black British woman striving to hold herself together as the world threatens to break her apart.

Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2022 Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2022 Come of age in the credit crunch. Be civil in a hostile environment. Step out into a world of Go Home vans. Go to Oxbridge, get an education, start a career. Do all the right things. Buy a flat. Buy art. Buy a sort of happiness. But above all, keep your head down. Keep quiet. And keep going. The narrator of Assembly is a Black British woman. She is preparing to attend a lavish garden party at her boyfriend's family estate, set deep in the English countryside. At the same time, she is considering the carefully assembled pieces of herself. As the minutes tick down and the future beckons, she can't escape the question: is it time to take it all apart? Assembly is a story about the stories we live within - those of race and class, safety and freedom, winners and losers. And it is about one woman daring to take control of her own story, even at the cost of her life.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241992661
  • Number of pages: 112
  • Weight: 120g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 124 x 18 mm

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Assembly
short read
This is a short book that tackles important issues such as sexism, racism and sexual harassment. The writing style wasn't my cup of tea at all, which made ... READ MORE
june.reads
Assembly
Very powerful
Hats off to the Waterstones Islington assistant who recommended this to me, it’s amazing. I read it in one - and then started it again. Beautifully and cle... READ MORE
Anne Williams
Assembly
Essential Reading
A striking literary debut. Natasha Brown is undoubtedly a name we shall hear more from in the future. On this evidence, she is likely to be a role model fo... READ MORE
Richard Lewis