Audrey Niffenegger’s New Book

September 1, 2009

Audrey Niffenegger’s bestselling book, The Time Traveler’s Wife, has seen a BIG resurgence in popularity with the recent release of the movie — now in theaters near you. Holds on the book in LION right now number over 100. That’s great news for a book published six years ago. It should bode well for the release of her new book —Her Fearful Symmetry, due out on September 29th. We suggest you put your hold on the new book now before the queue gets too long. As always, if you purchase the book, the Essex Library would be grateful for your donation of it when you have finished reading it.

The publisher’s description of Her Fearful Symmetry:
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.

Check out Audrey’s website, she’s a guide at Highgate Cemetery although she resides in Chicago.