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Her Fearful Symmetry

A Novel
Niffenegger, Audrey (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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When Elspeth Noblin dies, she leaves everything to the 20-year-old American twin daughters of her own long-estranged twin, Edie. Valentina and Julia, as enmeshed as Elspeth and Edie once were, move into Elspeth's London flat and through a series of developing relationships a crisis develops that could pull the twins apart.
Authors: Niffenegger, Audrey
Title: Her fearful symmetry
a novel
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2009
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
Characteristics: 406 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Audrey Niffenegger
Summary: When Elspeth Noblin dies, she leaves everything to the 20-year-old American twin daughters of her own long-estranged twin, Edie. Valentina and Julia, as enmeshed as Elspeth and Edie once were, move into Elspeth's London flat and through a series of developing relationships a crisis develops that could pull the twins apart.
ISBN: 9781439165393
1439165394
9781439169018
1439169012
Branch Call Number: FICTION NIFFENEGG 2009
Subject Headings: Sisters Fiction London (England) Fiction Spiritual life Fiction
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Ghost stories
Topical Term: Sisters
Spiritual life
LCCN: 2009018771
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Two twenty-year-old American twins, Valentina and Julia, inherit a London flat from their long-estranged aunt. It happens to be next door to the cemetery where their aunt’s body is buried. Her spirit, however, is less restful.

This book is good, and lots of fun, too, with creepy twins, a historic London graveyard, and the most interesting and fully imagined ghosts I've ever encountered in a book.

When Elspeth Noblin dies, she leaves everything to the 20-year-old American twin daughters of her own long-estranged twin, Edie. The twins move into Elspeth's London flat and through a series of developing relationships a crisis develops that could pull the twins apart.

This book is creepy, engrossing, and wonderful, and features an odd pair of twins, a historical London graveyard, and the most convincing depiction of a ghost you will ever encounter in a book.

Comment by: multcolib_dianaa Mar 04, 2014

This book is good, and lots of fun, too, with creepy twins, a historic London graveyard, and the most interesting and fully imagined ghost I've ever encountered in a book.


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This book is good, and lots of fun, too, with creepy twins, a historic London graveyard, and the most interesting and fully imagined ghost I've ever encountered in a book.

Jan 08, 2014
  • JackieFC13 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is more of a 3.5. The book was good. I'm not sure how to review the book without giving anything away or making it sound boring and uninteresting but here it goes. The main characters are twins and they are exactly the same who receive a flat in London from an Aunt they've never met. The aunt is their mother's twin sister. It's an adventure of family secrets and twins becoming their own. I enjoyed it.

Sep 27, 2013
  • booksmaht rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A gripping, heartbreaking, haunting tale of the destructive side of love.

Sep 05, 2013
  • MsNavillus rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I slogged through this lengthy book, waiting for something to happen that would make me like at least one of the characters even a little bit. I like darker themes, and I enjoy complex characters -- but this was just frustrating.

Jul 12, 2013
  • Amanda503 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely loved this book! I balled several times. I would be absolutely be delighted if they made a movie.

Jun 25, 2013
  • cmarygene rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I really, really did not enjoy this book. Hardly any characters were likable at all. I don't mind a dark story, but this was too much for me. Some of the descriptions of locations were quite lovely, but the people were awful.

This really touched on some personal issues for me...the description of the objects that are hoarded as misplaced emotion really helped enlighten me on some issues with a loved one's struggle...cried all the way through this one. Totally worth it, if only for the intensely introverted description of the characters' experiences. This is a book for those who are prone to being quiet and still and very internal in their process. The prose is lovely, though I could have wished for something with a bit less freedom...a bit less focused on an escape from the claustrophobic intimacy of relationships, and a bit more on the redeeming powers of selfless love...still, the story is wonderfully told, the message perfectly delivered, and the writing, enchanting...

Jul 26, 2012
  • katbehrend rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved this book! It was compelling on many levels. I liked the character developments and the curious connections amongst them, and I found the plot's twists and turns particularly engaging. I liked the magical realism and didn't find it hokey or hard to believe. I think Niffenegger wove an interesting story. I definitely recommend reading this one!

Mar 10, 2012
  • emilysteeves rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was an interesting book from the author of The Time Traveller's Wife. A woman dies, leaving her apartment and large estate to her estranged twin's twins. The will states that they have to live there for one year. The aunt is trapped in the flat as well, and begins to communicate with them. There are lots of twists and turns in this story, some more disturbing than others. I think I like the sub-plot of Martin, the neighbour with OCD, whose love for his wife helps him overcome his fear of germs and the outside. Overall a good read, with a creepy feel, and not a happy ending for everyone.

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cannot remember where this was reommended - like the G&M

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