Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
Posted by Jenny Arch on Mon, 01/09/2012 - 12:10pm

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Those who loved The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger’s first novel, should be prepared for a different type of story. Rather than two central characters, there are several: twin sisters Edie and Elspeth Noblin; Edie’s husband Jack and their twin daughters, Julia and Valentina Poole; and the other tenants in Elspeth’s apartment building in London – Martin, who suffers from OCD, and Robert, Elspeth’s bereaved lover (the book begins with Elspeth’s death). Under the terms of Elspeth’s will, Julia and Valentina move from Chicago to Elspeth’s flat in London, bordering Highgate Cemetery. Elspeth, now a ghost, learns to communicate with them and with Robert. But Elspeth and Edie have been keeping a secret from everyone for over twenty years, and only a terribly tragic event can bring it to light. Her Fearful Symmetry is, essentially, a ghost story, where neither the living nor the dead can let the other rest.