The Three Incestuous Sisters

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Jonathan Cape, 2005 - Graphic novels - 174 pages
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Before she wrote The Time Traveler's Wife, now a bestseller all around the world, Audrey Niffenegger's books were beautiful, handmade, exquisitely illustrated tales, published in editions as small as ten copies. They took many years to create, were bought by collectors and have been seen by few people. At last, as part of its acclaimed and very successful list of graphic books, Cape is delighted to publish The Three Incestuous Sisters in a beautiful edition at an affordable price.

It is the story of three sisters, Clothilde, Ophile and Bettine, who live together in a lonely house by the sea. All three are rivals for the love of Paris, the lighthouse-keeper's son. When Paris chooses Bettine, and she becomes pregnant, the other sisters are jealous. Eventually, after the baby is born, they cause Bettine's death. Paris runs away to sea and Ophile, overwhelmed by remorse, throws herself from the lighthouse. Clothilde lives on in the house, sad and alone. Then one day a circus comes to town. In it is an amazing flying boy. She recognizes him as Bettine's child...

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User Review  - mirikayla - LibraryThing

It's not like it was horrible, but I don't understand the appeal of this book even a little bit. I didn't think it was elegant, delicate, or any of the other words I've seen used to describe it. A fourteen-year "labor of love," dedicated to her sisters? Um... Why? Read full review

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User Review  - BALE - LibraryThing

Niffenegger's sister theme, as seen in Her Fearful Symmetry and ghost theme, as found in both of her fictional novels, are repeated here by combining the visual arts with the written word. The two elements present a melodramatic scheme with aesthetic balance. Read full review

About the author (2005)

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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