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Her Fearful Symmetry | Audrey Niffenegger | The Litertarian
Elspeth Noblin is dead. Estranged and living continents apart from her twin for the past two decades, it seems strange that she decided before her death to leave her posh London flat (and most of her Earthly possessions) to her nieces, also twins, so long as they promise to live there a year and their parents do not come visit. At twenty years old, the twins are ready for an adventure away from home while they figure out what they want to do with the rest of their lives, and heartily accept. Essentially taking place half in a haunted London flat and half in a Victorian Graveyard, this novel has many layers of gothic depth that come together and make it so, so satisfying for a gothic lit lover like me. Vow Travers, where Elspeth’s flat is located, is a large building with three flats; the picture of a gothic setting. One houses Elspeth’s grieving lover, Robert, and the other an eclectic man named Martin trying to win back his wife who has gone off to Amsterdam. The building backs up to the graveyard, where Robert works as a tour guide while he does research for his dissertation, and adds a wonderfully eerie backdrop to the story. Every once in awhile I will get a craving for a book. Usually it is for a book I’ve already read. I start to long for the feelings I remember experiencing while reading it, and I physically crave it, just like a craving for something sweet or fizzy or savory. I reread this book last fall because I craved it. I wanted a ghost story, I wanted to relive the unconventional love story and to revisit my old friends Martin & Marjike (mah-ry–kah). I hadn’t read it in years, and I wanted to know if the memories I had of it, which were beginning to blur around the edges, were still accurate. They soooo were. I am very fond of this book, and I already feel like I could happily read it again.For me, the book is not really about what happens to the characters (some of it is really weird, and some pretty arbitrary), but the depth of the characters and her world. I guess what I’m getting at is that I really enjoy Audrey Niffenegger’s writing style.I am finding myself a massive fan of her work. I adore The Time Traveler’s Wife and I adore this book, and I look forward to reading more. Any recommendations of what I should read next? Pages | 406Publication Date | 2009Goodreads Page | Her Fearful SymmetryBook Depository (Affiliate Link) | Paperback