Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel

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Scribner, Sep 29, 2009 - Fiction - 416 pages
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From the author of the #1 bestselling The Time Traveler's Wife, a spectacularly compelling novel—set in and near Highgate Cemetery in London, about the love between twins, men and women, ghosts and the living.

Julia and Valentina Poole are twenty-year-old sisters with an intense attachment to each other. One morning the mailman delivers a thick envelope to their house in the suburbs of Chicago. Their English aunt Elspeth Noblin has died of cancer and left them her London apartment. There are two conditions for this inheritance: that they live in the flat for a year before they sell it and that their parents not enter it. Julia and Valentina are twins. So were the girls’ aunt Elspeth and their mother, Edie.

The girls move to Elspeth’s flat, which borders the vast Highgate Cemetery, where Christina Rossetti, George Eliot, Stella Gibbons, and other luminaries are buried. Julia and Valentina become involved with their living neighbors: Martin, a composer of crossword puzzles who suffers from crippling OCD, and Robert, Elspeth’s elusive lover, a scholar of the cemetery. They also discover that much is still alive in Highgate, including—perhaps—their aunt.

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middle of the road

User Review  - escapethemundane - Borders

I really enjoyed the time travelers wife, althouth it took me a little bit to get into it and then I couldn't put it down...This book sounded very interesting, it had some ghosts involved which gives ... Read full review

waste of money

User Review  - carissabelle - Borders

When I bought this book I thought it sounded really interested from reading the inside cover, and I'd also bought the time traveler's wife and had really liked it, so I thought I'd feel the same about ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Audrey Niffenegger is a visual artist and a guide at Highgate Cemetery. In addition to the bestselling novels The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry, she is the author of three illustrated novels, The Three Incestuous Sisters, The Adventuress, and The Night Bookmobile, and the editor of Ghostly. She lives in Chicago.

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