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Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
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Dec 31, 09

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Read in December, 2009

Valentina and Julia are mirror twins who live with their parents in Chicago. Their mother Edie is also a twin and when her estranged twin sister Elspeth dies, she leaves her London flat to Valentina and Julia on the condition that her sister Edie and her husband never enter it. The girls move to London to live in the flat and get to know the other residents of the building.

I really liked the first three-fourths of this book. Like The Time Traveler's Wife there are elements of science fiction but somehow they seem believable. The characters are well-developed and if not always likeable, intriguing. Martin, the upstairs neighbor with OCD, was my favorite character. The last fourth of the book was disappointing. It felt rushed and the very ending was particularly unsatisfying - it felt like the author just gave up.

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