Title: Her Fearful Symmetry
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publication date: 8 July 2010
Paperback: 496 pages
When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt, only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers–with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.
The girls move to Elspeth’s flat, which borders Highgate Cemetery in London. They come to know the building’s other residents. There is Martin, a brilliant and charming crossword puzzle setter suffering from crippling Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Marjike, Martin’s devoted but trapped wife; and Robert, Elspeth’s elusive lover, a scholar of the cemetery. As the girls become embroiled in the fraying lives of their aunt’s neighbors, they also discover that much is still alive in Highgate, including–perhaps–their aunt, who can’t seem to leave her old apartment and life behind.
Niffenegger weaves a captivating story in Her Fearful Symmetry about love and identity, about secrets and sisterhood, and about the tenacity of life–even after death. (Goodreads)
Stand alone or series: Standalone
How did I get this book: Bought (paperback copy through The Book Depository )
Why will I read this book: I had thoroughly enjoyed Niffenegger’s first novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife.
Current book: A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner (fourth novel in The Queen’s Thief series)