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Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
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Feb 12, 2010

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bookshelves: fiction, mystery

This is the second book by the author of the Time Traveler's Wife

Niffenegger is not huge on plots, which was a problem in TTW because with only two developed characters a lack of plot lead easily to boring over-written scenes. In her second work there are six times the characters and perspectives and so the time not devoted to plot development is devoted to character development.

HFS is a ghost story in terms of plot but really it is a story about separation, loss and identity.

I think this book is worth a read, it is well written and the characters are fairly identifiable, excepting that they are all inexplicably wealthy, white and straight - it's a bestseller, it can't be that interesting. One of Niffenegger's big things is writing generally considered inappropriate relationships and blurring their morality - within the context of "appropriate" sexuality of course. Both of her books deal with young women having sexual relationships with considerably older men. I assume she is attempting to work something out and test the boundaries of appropriateness within that hetero-normative construct. It's kind of interesting.

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