"Audrey Niffenegger’s spectacularly compelling second novel opens with a letter that alters the fate of every character. Julia and Valentine
The girls move to Elspeth’s flat, which borders the vast and ornate
Author of one of the most beloved first novels in recent years, Niffenegger returns with an unnerving, unforgettable and enchanting ghost story, a novel about love and identity, secrets and sisterhood and the tenacity of life—even after death.
I did not read her first novel, but not I really have a reason to! I was floored by the brilliance of Her Fearful Symmetry. It showed love in its many forms; though certainly not all of them: the love that a husband will always feel for his wife until death do they part; the love of life; the love between the young and the old; love between friends… the list goes on and on.
All of the characters are so well-developed. Martin with his obsessive compulsive disorder, for instance. He really wants to overcome it and to go to Marijke in
The sub-plots were seamlessly woven into the story (as they should be). I think my favorite was that of Martin and Marijke. This story was empowering, sweet, tragic… it made me want to cry…
When I was just starting to read this, I didn’t think that I would like the twins very much. Though I grew to like them for different reasons, they were hard to get used to. I’m not used to seeing twins or triplets as inseparable as Valentina and Julia were. The triplets I know are different from each other and they want different things from the other. These twins dressed alike even though they were twenty/twenty-one years old and they would not make decisions without the other. They are scarcely seen apart. In the novel, it was really interesting to see Valentina and Julia’s metamorphosis from "one person" to two people, even though it was quite bitter.
The ending was very surprising, but I won’t say any more about it here. You’ll just have to read it for yourself J
I give Her Fearful Symmetry:Thanks for reading!