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After six long years, Audrey Niffenegger gives us a gem of a ghost story. Based around two sets of twins, Highgate Cemetery in London, a haunted flat, and long-buried secrets, this story proves even better than The Time Traveler's Wife. With a shocking and seemingly impossible twist, this fabulous novel is worth the very long wait. I loved it!
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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.

Review:

"Niffenegger piles on plenty of action....The book's end [is] a genuine surprise....Elspeth's death...is moving, as is Robert's surprising immediate reaction to it....[Martin] is intricate and fascinating, especially because of Niffenegger's ability to get inside his head....Niffenegger is especially good on the subject of twins....[She] deftly plumbs the depths of her subject, showing a profound and imaginative understanding." Martin Rubin, Los Angeles Times

Review:

"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 Yorker

Review:

"An intriguing look at kinship and the danger of getting what you wished for." Good Housekeeping

Review:

"A compelling modern-day ghost story set in and around London's atmospheric Highgate cemetery....An engrossing love story that crosses to the 'other side,' Symmetry offers an inventive take on sibling rivalry, personal identity and what it's like to be dead." People (Starred Review)

Review:

"[A] gravely buoyant new novel of phantom loves and all-too-tangible fears." O, the Oprah magazine

Review:

"Bewitching....Lovers of Niffenegger's past work should rejoice...Her Fearful Symmetry is as atmospheric and beguiling as a walk through Highgate itself." Susann Cokal, New York Times Book Review

Review:

"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

Review:

"Following up a phenomenal blockbuster is not easy, but Niffenegger rises to the task with Her Fearful Symmetry. Fans will find plenty of rewards in her clever...[and] unique modern ghost story....Her descriptions transport the reader directly into a moody Victorian landscape of beauty and death....Mesmerizing....A deeply moving story filled with unforgettable characters....A beautiful testament to Niffenegger's fertile imagination and love of storytelling." Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times

About the Author

Audrey Niffenegger is a visual artist and a guide at Highgate Cemetery. In addition to her bestselling debut novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife, she is the author of two illustrated novels, The Three Incestuous Sisters and The Adventuress. She lives in Chicago.

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SandyPP, August 20, 2012 (view all comments by SandyPP)
Niffenegger is a superb storyteller. I'm not into ghost stories, not into fantasy, but she is so good I read her anyway.

I picked up this one because I didn't want The Time Traveler's Wife to end. I wasn't in mourning after it as I was after other but I loved it. Her characters are so good and her imagination so rich.

This time she takes us to London with twins, the daughters of a twin. There's a dark secret I doubt you'll guess and other surprises as well. Bonus for already knowing Highgate Cemetery.
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loves2read, January 4, 2012 (view all comments by loves2read)
Is it a twin story? Is it a ghost story? Is it a tale of romance which surmounts death? This novel is deliciously difficult to classify and will keep your attention riveted until the final page is turned. It is fresh -- if I'd read "Time Traveler's Wife" and "Her Fearful Symmetry" from anonymous manuscript submissions, I could not have guessed they were the same author -- aside from being thoroughly engaged by each story, of course. Niffenegger can wait six years between books if she continues to provide us with novels this engaging!
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KateH, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by KateH)
Early on in your reading of this novel, you may feel you know where the story is headed. But Niffenegger's plotting will surprise you, and her masterful prose will make it an enjoyable journey to the end.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439169018
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Niffenegger, Audrey
Publisher:
Scribner
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Ghost
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
time traveler s wife, night bookmobile, three incestuous sisters, adventuress, raven girl, highgate cemetary, twins, ocd, william blake, scott turow, time travel, science fiction, romance, eric bana, rachel mcadams
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20100629
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.88 x 5.69 in 12.425 oz

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Product details 416 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9781439169018 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

After six long years, Audrey Niffenegger gives us a gem of a ghost story. Based around two sets of twins, Highgate Cemetery in London, a haunted flat, and long-buried secrets, this story proves even better than The Time Traveler's Wife. With a shocking and seemingly impossible twist, this fabulous novel is worth the very long wait. I loved it!

"Review" by , "Niffenegger piles on plenty of action....The book's end [is] a genuine surprise....Elspeth's death...is moving, as is Robert's surprising immediate reaction to it....[Martin] is intricate and fascinating, especially because of Niffenegger's ability to get inside his head....Niffenegger is especially good on the subject of twins....[She] deftly plumbs the depths of her subject, showing a profound and imaginative understanding."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "An intriguing look at kinship and the danger of getting what you wished for."
"Review" by , "A compelling modern-day ghost story set in and around London's atmospheric Highgate cemetery....An engrossing love story that crosses to the 'other side,' Symmetry offers an inventive take on sibling rivalry, personal identity and what it's like to be dead."
"Review" by , "[A] gravely buoyant new novel of phantom loves and all-too-tangible fears."
"Review" by , "Bewitching....Lovers of Niffenegger's past work should rejoice...Her Fearful Symmetry is as atmospheric and beguiling as a walk through Highgate itself."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Following up a phenomenal blockbuster is not easy, but Niffenegger rises to the task with Her Fearful Symmetry. Fans will find plenty of rewards in her clever...[and] unique modern ghost story....Her descriptions transport the reader directly into a moody Victorian landscape of beauty and death....Mesmerizing....A deeply moving story filled with unforgettable characters....A beautiful testament to Niffenegger's fertile imagination and love of storytelling."
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