Little, Brown and Company Assembly: A novel Little, Brown and Company Assembly: A novel
Little, Brown and Company Assembly: A novel Little, Brown and Company Assembly: A novel

Assembly: A novel

By Natasha Brown


Publication Date: September 14, 2021

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A woman confronts the most important question of her life in this blistering, fearless, and unforgettable literary debut from "a stunning new writer." (Bernardine Evaristo)

"Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway meets Claudia Rankine's breathtakingly graceful as it is mercilessly true.”—Olivia Sudjic, author of Sympathy and Asylum RoadCome of age in the credit crunch. Be civil in a hostile environment. Go to college, get an education, start a career. Do all the right things. Buy an apartment. 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. With a steely, unfaltering gaze, Natasha Brown dismantles the mythology of whiteness, lining up the debris in a neat row and walking away.

About the Author

Natasha Brown's debut novel draws on her decade as a not-quite insider at some of the biggest names in finance. She has worked in financial services since joining Goldman Sachs in 2011, after studying maths at Cambridge University. She developed Assembly as a 2019 London Writers Awards awardee in the literary fiction category.

Format: Hardcover

Length: 112 pages

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Publication Date: September 14, 2021

ISBN: 9780316268264

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