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Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
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Jan 11, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, from-library, horror-and-horror-ish, spec-fic
Recommended to Kirsten by: Rachel
Read in January, 2010 , read count: 1

I found this book absorbing, moving, and ultimately quite unsettling.

Robert, an academic working on a history of the Highgate Cemetary, is lost when his lover Elspeth dies, and puzzled by her decision to leave her flat and all her possessions to the two daughters of her estranged twin sister. Julia and Valentina, her nieces, are also twins, and their presence in Elspeth's flat (just upstairs from Robert's) is unsettling, particularly given their resemblance to Elspeth. Also unsettling is growing evidence that some conscious part of Elspeth seems to have lingered in the flat...

While the ghost story element is very much central to the plot, the book is still just as focused on the tangled relationships between the characters, and even the more secondary characters are well developed. Niffenegger understands the absurdities and tragedies that are so small in the grand scheme of things, but so huge to those living them. I actually haven't read The Time-Traveler's Wife yet, but I think it just moved up my to-read pile.

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