I just received an ARC of “Her Fearful Symmetry” in the mail!!!!
In case the name isn’t ringing any bells, Niffenegger is the author of “The Time Traveler’s Wife” (you know, the one just made into a movie?).
“The Time Traveler’s Wife” was originally published about 6 years and many people, myself included, have been waiting to see if and when she would write her next book and whether or not it would capture the whimsy of TTTW. Based on Rebecca’s discussion of the book and the publisher’s description, I’m quite excited about this book, and may just have to start it right away, even though I have other books that need to be read and this book doesn’t come out until September 29th.
Here’s the publisher’s description, for those of you who are interested:
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.
Don’t worry, I’ll let you know more after I read it!