Her Fearful Symmetry

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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.

Product Details

Price
$15.00  $13.80
Publisher
Scribner Book Company
Publish Date
June 29, 2010
Pages
416
Dimensions
5.6 X 1.0 X 8.6 inches | 1.15 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781439169018
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About the Author

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 current projects include her third novel, The Chinchilla Girl in Exile, and a ballet, Raven Girl, in collaboration with Wayne McGregor for the Royal Opera House Ballet. Krystyna Wasserman is currently Curator of Book Arts at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in Washington, D.C. She established NMWA's Library and Research Center, serving as its director from 1987 through 2002. She now oversees the museum's collection of more than 1,000 artists' books. She has curated more than thirty exhibitions of artists' books, sketchbooks, and illustrations, including The Book as Art: Twenty Years of Artists' Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts (2006). Wasserman is a member of NMWA's Library Fellows, a program she developed to support the creation of artists' books. Mark Pascale is a lithographer who has been active in the Chicago art world for more than 30 years, as a curator, researcher, and teacher. He is Curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at The Art Institute of Chicago, and concurrently Adjunct Professor of Art in Print Media, at School of the Art Institute. His numerous exhibitions and publications include Contemporary Drawings from the Irving Stenn Jr. Collection, and Jasper Johns: Gray published by The Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently working on a retrospective exhibition of the prints and drawings of Martin Puryear.

Reviews

"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"
"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" (3 1/2 stars)
"Entertaining... The reader is pleasantly carried along by the author's ability to create credible characters and her instinctive narrative gifts." -- Michiko Kakutani, "New York Times"
"[A] gravely buoyant new novel of phantom loves and all-too-tangible fears." -- "O", the Oprah magazine
"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" (front page)
"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"
"An intriguing look at kinship and the danger of getting what you wished for." -- "Good Housekeeping"
"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"
"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"
"Niffenegger is an extraordinarily sensitive and accomplished writer, and "Her Fearful Symmetry" is a work of lovely delicacy." -- Lev Grossman, "Time"