Sunday, August 1, 2010


In Her Fearful Symmetry by A. Niffenegger, 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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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.

My Thoughts-

I enjoyed most of the book and the ghost story theme. There were parts of the book that dragged on, and some of the characters became boring. I was tempted to stop reading but I continued on.  The character I liked the best was Martin( who has OCD)and I was able to understand him. Although he had his problems, he was a decent and funny man. I am happy that I finished the book because there were some twists in the storyline that I did not expect and the ending was bizarre. The book was good if you can get through the boring parts.


1. In celebration of the paperback release of Audrey Niffenegger's Her Fearful Symmetry, Regal Literary is sponsoring a fabulous trip to London! Audrey Niffenegger will take you on a private tour of Highgate Cemetery, and you can explore the city that enchanted Julia, Valentina and their ghostly aunt, Elspeth. On top of this terrific first prize, we're giving away tons of signed Her Fearful Symmetry paperbacks, rare signed Special Limited Edition copies of Her Fearful Symmetry, and even rarer Her Fearful Symmetry broadsheet. Contest ends 12:01 am EST on September 17, 2010.         
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