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Little Brown and Company
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5.0 X 7.1 X 0.7 inches | 0.25 pounds

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About the Author

Natasha Brown has spent a decade working in financial services, after studying Maths at Cambridge University. She developed Assembly after receiving a 2019 London Writers Award in the literary fiction category.


"Assembly is brilliant. Brown's gaze is piercing. Each sentence is a perfectly polished jewel."--AVNI DOSHI, author of BURNT SUGAR
"The most beautiful book I have read in a very long time."--MONA CHALABI
LOS ANGELES TIMES' Most Anticipated Books of the Fall
THE WASHINGTON POST's Best Books of September
LIT HUB's Most Anticipated Books of the Year
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY's Best Books of September
POPSUGAR's Best Books of September

"Natasha Brown's exquisite prose, daring structure and understated elegance are utterly captivating. She is a stunning new writer."--BERNARDINE EVARISTO, Booker Prize-winning author of GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER
"The fall's biggest debut comes from a former banker in London, who delivers a brisk, affecting diary of a young Black woman contemplating an opt-out of capitalism and life entirely. It's Mrs. Dalloway for the burnout generation, the anticapitalism manifesto millennials have been waiting for."
--ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY (Best Books of September)
"A stunning achievement of compressed narrative and fearless articulation."--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, Starred Review
"Heralds the arrival of a bright new talent...A scorching portrait of the British class system and its poisonous relationship with race, immigration, work and sexual politics...the literary debut of the summer."
"A debut novel as slender and deadly as an adder."
--LOS ANGELES TIMES (Most Anticipated Books of the Fall)
"You may think Brown's debut novel, at roughly 100 pages, is a quick, easy read. Think again. It's a carefully constructed indictment of the British world where its young, Black female narrator lives. She's getting ready for a garden party while pondering a big life-or-death decision; but the bigger decision has to do with how to define her own story."--THE WASHINGTON POST (Best Books of September)
"An astonishing book that forces us to see what's underpinning absolutely everything."--Lauren Elkin, author of FLÂNEUSE
"There are shades of Mrs. Dalloway in Natasha Brown's searing Assembly, which is narrated by an unnamed Black woman as she prepares to spend the day at her boyfriend's parents' estate in the English countryside. But unlike the Virginia Woolf classic, this novel is about a woman who is about to burn an oppressive system to the ground -- even if she has to take herself down with it."
--POPSUGAR (Best Books of September)
"Bold and original, with a cool intelligence, and so very truthful about the colonialist structure of British society: how it has poisoned even our language, making its necessary dismantling almost the stuff of dreams. I take hope from Assembly, not just for our literature but also for our slow awakening."--DIANA EVANS, author of ORDINARY PEOPLE
"A quiet, measured call to revolution...[Assembly is] slim in the hand, but its impact is massive; it strikes me as the kind of book that sits on the faultline between a before and an after. I could use words like elegant and brilliantly judged and literary antecedents such as Katherine Mansfield/Toni Morrison/Claudia Rankine. But it's simpler than that. I'm full of hope, on reading it, that 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
"Mind-bending and utterly original. Assembly is like Thomas Bernhard in the key of Rachel Cusk but about black subjectivity."
"This slimline novel may be minuscule at just over 100 pages, but it packs an oversized punch. A nuanced, form-redefining exploration on class, work, gender and race, Brown's debut has already garnered mass hype from the industry."--HARPER'S BAZAAR
"Assembly is an astonishing work. Formally innovative, as beautiful as it is coolly devastating, urgent and utterly precise on what it means to be alive now."
"Assembly captures the sickening weightlessness a Black British woman, who has been obedient to and complicit with the capitalist system, experiences as she makes life decisions under pressure from the hegemony. Stripped back to prose poetry and at times plainly essayistic, this is a bold and elegant statement, all the more powerful for its brevity."--PAUL MENDEZ, author of RAINBOW MILK
"A modern Mrs. Dalloway...a short sharp shock of a novel... Assembly fulfils, with exquisite precision, Virginia Woolf's exhortation to 'record the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall' ...Text that is sparse on the page expands on consumption; it swells like a sponge in the mind... Assembly is the kind of novel we might have got if Woolf had collaborated with Fanon, except that I don't think either ever reined in their sentences the way Brown does here, atomising language as well as thought...Brown nudges us, with this merging of form and content, towards an expression of the inexpressible - towards feeling rather than thought, as if we are navigating the collapsing boundaries between the narrator's consciousness and our own."--THE GUARDIAN
"A sharp, experimental novel about a Black British woman who did everything right, and yet still, when faced with her mortality, isn't sure her life is worth hanging on to. Clocking in at a mere 112 pages, this critique of British racism and the 'culture of more' can be read in an afternoon, and should be."--LITERARY HUB (Most Anticipated Books of the Year)
"Deft, essential, and a novel of poetic consideration, Assembly holds (the Black-British) identity in its hands, examining it until it becomes both truer and stranger - a question more than an answer. I nodded, I mhmed, I sighed (and laughed knowingly, bitterly)."
--RACHEL LONG, author of the Rathbones Folio-shortlisted MY DARLING FROM THE LIONS