Her Fearful Symmetry

Her Fearful Symmetry

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By (author) Audrey Niffenegger

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 496 pages
  • Dimensions: 110mm x 176mm x 34mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 8 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 009952418X
  • ISBN 13: 9780099524182
  • Edition statement: Export ed
  • Sales rank: 8,182

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At last ---another brilliant, original and moving novel from the author of THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE. Julia and Valentina Poole are normal American teenagers - normal, at least, for identical 'mirror' twins who have no interest in college or jobs or possibly anything outside their cozy suburban home. But everything changes when they receive notice that an aunt whom they didn't know existed has died and left them her flat in an apartment block overlooking Highgate Cemetery in London. They feel that at last their own lives can begin ...but have no idea that they've been summoned into a tangle of fraying lives, from the obsessive-compulsive crossword setter who lives above them to their aunt's mysterious and elusive lover who lives below them, and even to their aunt herself, who never got over her estrangement from the twins' mother - and who can't even seem to quite leave her flat...With Highgate Cemetery itself a character and echoes of Henry James and Charles Dickens, HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY is a delicious and deadly twenty-first-century ghost story about Niffenegger's familiar themes of love, loss and identity. It is certain to cement her standing as one of the most singular and remarkable novelists of our time.

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Audrey Niffenegger is an exceptionally creative writer and visual artist who has achieved enormous success in both worlds. Her debut novel, The Time Traveler's Wife, has sold nearly five million copies worldwide and has been translated into thirty-three languages to date. A Richard & Judy book club choice in the UK, it has been a huge bestseller all round the world. In the Daily Telegraph's readers' poll of the 'Top 50 Books of All Time' it appeared at no. 11. Niffenegger is also the author of two 'novels-in-pictures', The Three Incestuous Sisters(2005) and The Adventuress (2006), both published by Cape. Her graphic novel The Night Bookmobile was recently serialized in the Guardian and will be published soon on the Cape Graphic list. A Chicago native, Niffenegger received her MFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Northwestern University. Her art has been widely exhibited in the United States and is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress and Harvard University's Houghton Library.

Customer reviews

By Grace 31 Jan 2012 5

I was reluctant to read this book being I don't like ghost stories, but I had to read anything by this author after loving the time travellers wife so much. The plot & characters are original, it is gripping and intriguing... definitely reccommend it.

By Hamdhoon Rashad 28 Aug 2010 5

Extraordinarily bizarre: that was my overall impression of Audrey Niffenegger's Her Fearful Symmetry. In a nutshell, Her Fearful Symmetry is a ghost story unlike any other enveloped with compelling characters and a deliciously-woven storyline that will leave you breathless with wonder. As she did with her vastly triumphant best-selling novel The Time Traveler's Wife, Niffenegger once again succeeded in conjuring up a gripping narrative told in an eccentric and equally puzzling prose, full of suspense that will pleasantly haunt you long after you have read the final pages of this enchanting tale. The deep and dark mysteries surrounding the lives of the odd characters in this book is set to jolt you with enough jaw-dropping moments to make you go O-to-the-M-to-the-G! You seriously can't afford to miss this scrumptious bite of a novel.

By Rosie Dee 30 Jul 2010 5

I would not put this book down and I even had to re-read bits to wrap my head around the plot. I loved it!!!