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Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
  

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I am glad it has been a few years since The Time Traveler’s Wife for else one might be tempted to compare this to that rare book. Don’t get me wrong, this is wonderful too, and very clever. It’s easier to follow, nicely spooky and chilling at the end.

Exploring themes of love, loss and identity, it is a 21st century ghost story set largely in London and concerns twins and their unusual inheritance. A remarkable book, a touch disturbing but beautifully executed.

Comparison: Susan Hill, Sarah Waters, Julie Myerson.

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Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

At last - another brilliant, original and moving novel from the author of The Time Travellers' 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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Dark and delicious -- Tom Adair * Scotsman * What is really satisfying about this novel, like The Time Traveler's Wife, is its depiction of relationships: the process of grief, the transforming power of love * Daily Telegraph * An original, outrageous, and thoroughly enjoyable ghost story * Independent * There may be ghosts, but it's the human stories that glitter * Elle * A rich, involving novel * The Times *


About the Author

Audrey Niffenegger

Audrey Niffenegger is a writer and visual artist who lives in Chicago. She is a full time professor in the Interdisciplinary Book Arts MFA Program at the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts, where she teaches writing, letterpress printing, and fine edition book production. Her amusements include collecting taxidermy and reading comic books. Miss Niffenegger spent her youth hiding in her bedroom and painting her fingernails black while listening to Patti Smith and Gang of Four, but she is feeling better now, thanks.

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Publication date

5th July 2010

Author

Audrey Niffenegger

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Author's Website

www.audreyniffenegger.com/

Publisher

Vintage an imprint of CCV

Format

Paperback
496 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099524175

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