Her Fearful Symmetry
Another brilliant, original and moving novel from the author of The Time Traveler’s Wife. Julia and Valentina Poole are normal American teenagers — normal, at least, for identical “mirror” twins who have no interest in college or jobs or possibly anything outside their cozy suburban home. But... show more
Another brilliant, original and moving novel from the author of The Time Traveler’s Wife. Julia and Valentina Poole are normal American teenagers — normal, at least, for identical “mirror” twins who have no interest in college or jobs or possibly anything outside their cozy suburban home. But everything changes when they receive notice that an aunt whom they didn’t know existed has died and left them her amazing flat in a building by Highgate Cemetery in London. They feel that at last their own lives can begin … but they have no idea that they’ve been summoned into a tangle of fraying lives, from the OCD-suffering crossword setter who lives above them to their aunt’s mysterious and elusive lover who lives below them, and even to their aunt herself, who never got over her estrangement from the mother of the girls — her own twin — and who can’t even seem to quite leave her flat….From the Hardcover edition.
Publish date: July 6th 2010
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
I really enjoyed this, except for the ending. I don't want to spoil it so I will just say that there were a number of far better ways to end this, other than the one Niffenegger chose. I really enjoyed reading about the twins, especially the fact that they were mirror images of each other (which I h...
From the beginning I knew that Her Fearful Symmetry would not be the absolute masterpiece that The Time Traveler’s Wife was. Over the years I’ve read countless reviews, most that were less than stellar and I knew that the only way to get through Her Fearful Symmetry was to do my best at banishing an...
A little obvious but I enjoyed it, up until the slightly disappointing end.
Ghost story? No problem. Fun, even. Ridiculous medically implausible twist? You lost me. HFS borrows from the 19th century playbook of young girls falling for much older men, which in today's world is a tad creepy. I failed to be charmed. This book felt like a chore.