Her Fearful Symmetry

Her Fearful Symmetry

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 110 x 176 x 34mm | 220g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 009952418X
  • 9780099524182
  • 16,766

About Audrey Niffenegger

Audrey Niffenegger is a visual artist and writer who lives mostly in Chicago and occasionally in London. She has published six books, including the novels The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry. She helped to found the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. Her art has been exhibited by Printworks Gallery in Chicago since 1986. She is a Professor in the Fiction Department of Columbia College. Her recent projects include a ballet, Raven Girl, in collaboration with Wayne McGregor for the Royal Opera House Ballet.
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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.show more
by Grace
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.show more
by Hamdhoon Rashad
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!!!show more
by Rosie Dee
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