Her Fearful Symmetry

Her Fearful Symmetry

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When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt, only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers--with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another. They are twenty. . The girls move to Elspeth's flat, which borders Highgate Cemetery in London. They come to know the building's other residents. There is Martin, a brilliant and charming crossword puzzle setter suffering from crippling Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Marjike, Martin's devoted but trapped wife; and Robert, Elspeth's elusive lover, a scholar of the cemetery. As the girls become embroiled in the fraying lives of their aunt's neighbors, they also discover that much is still alive in Highgate, including--perhaps--their aunt, who can't seem to leave her old apartment and life behind.. Niffenegger weaves a captivating story in "Her Fearful Symmetry" about love and identity, about secrets and sisterhood, and about the tenacity of life--even after death..show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 406 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 566.99g
  • Scribner Book Company
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, frontispiece
  • 1439165394
  • 9781439165393
  • 258,211

Review quote

"Frighteningly smart... Millions of readers who enjoyed "The Time Traveler's Wife" ... will find a similar theme in "Her Fearful Symmetry" romance that transgresses all natural barriers.... Deliciously creepy." -- Ron Charles, "Washington Post"show more

Review Text

"The endurance of love animates this gothic story set in and around Highgate Cemetery in London. Niffenegger's prose can be wearyingly overblown, but she has a knack for taking the romantic into the realm of creepiness, and she constructs a taut mystery around the secrets... It's no small achievement that the revelations are both organic and completely unexpected." -- The New Yorkershow more