Monday, 28 November 2011

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

Synopsis (according to the waterstones website)

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 flat in an apartment block overlooking Highgate Cemetery in London. They feel that at last their own lives can begin ...but have no idea that they've been summoned into a tangle of fraying lives, from the obsessive-compulsive 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 twins' mother - and who can't even seem to quite leave her flat..

What I Have to Say

Most people have read The Time Travellers Wife and agree that it's a beautiful story. This however is, in my opinion, better. It's a bit strange, but if you like books that make you think then this might be the one for you.

As I said, it's weird. It can leave you feeling unsure about whether you like it or not. But I really liked it. Though it's probably not right if you're just looking for a light read.

The thing that I liked most about it though is the take on death and ghosts that it has. I love the parallels between death and birth. So I would really recommend this book even though it gets very strange in places.

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