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Her Fearful Symmetry

Her Fearful Symmetry

A Novel

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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.
  • Scribner | 
  • 416 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439169018 | 
  • June 2010
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Novelist Audrey Niffenegger discusses Her Fearful Symmetry

From the bestselling author of The Time Traveler's Wife, comes a spectacularly compelling second novel set in and around Highgate Cemetery in London.

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Audrey Niffenegger
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Audrey Niffenegger

Audrey Niffeneggeris a visual artist and a guide at Highgate Cemetery. In addition to the bestselling novels The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry, she is the author of three illustrated novels, The Three Incestuous Sisters, The Adventuress, and The Night Bookmobile. She lives in Chicago.

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