In Natasha Brown’s debut novel Assembly, a carefully crafted identity begins to come apart. When a successful Black woman receives unsettling news, she considers the constituent parts of her life: her high-paying job in finance, her prestigious education, her white boyfriend. Having formed herself into a success story, she finds her life reduced to the narrative white society demands of her. Ultimately, Brown’s narrator is forced to decide the price she is willing to pay to undo the structures which limit her, and reclaim agency over her circumstances. A poetic and concise examination of race, gender, and class, the work refuses to look away from the power relations comprising the core of the modern world.
About the speaker:
Natasha Brown is a British novelist. She was a 2019 London Writers Award recipient, a 2022 Burgess Fellow at the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing, and a Women’s Prize x Good Housekeeping Futures Award finalist. Assembly (2021) was shortlisted for the Folio Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Orwell Prize for Fiction.
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