by Natasha Brown
Narrated by Pippa Bennett-Warner
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Pub Date 14 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 08 Sep 2021
Hachette Audio, Little, Brown & Company
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)
“A quiet, measured call to revolution…This is the kind of book that doesn’t just mark the moment things change, but also makes that change possible.”—Ali Smith, author of Summer
"Brilliant. Brown's gaze is piercing."—Avni Doshi, author of Burnt Sugar
Come 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.
"Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway meets Claudia Rankine's Citizen...as breathtakingly graceful as it is mercilessly true.”—Olivia Sudjic, author of Sympathy and Asylum Road
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Absolutely loved this beautifully written novella. Incredibly narrated, this story absolutely gutted me. Will definitely be recommending this novel widely.
illness as a wake up call on an already cracking up worldview, bringing sexism, colonialism, racism and class in stark view. A mean feat, a book I wanted to be much longer, of a great new author. Surviving makes me a participant in their narrative, succeed or fail, my existence only reinforces this construct, I reject it, I reject these options, I reject this life. A short book full of important themes and a tight narration, sucking me in a completely understandable business world; like Naoise Dolan Exciting Times done brilliantly.