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Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
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Mar 03, 11

bookshelves: ghosts-and-hauntings, family-dynamics, gothic, london-and-england, 21st-century, death, american-lit-contemporary
Read in January, 2010 — I own a copy

The Time Traveler's Wife is admittedly a tough act to follow, but don't listen to the naysayers about Her Fearful Symmetry. Niffeneger's new novel has fresh charms of its own, and might be written by another author altogether. I admire writers who don't repeat themselves, and this tale of the ghosts, madmen, twins and befuddled everyday people whose lives entwine thanks to their proximity to London's history-haunted Highgate Cemetery delivers strong characterization, spot-on atmospherics and leaves an eerie aftertaste. I'm still a fan.
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