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News Mon Sep 28 2009

Her Fearful Symmetry News

Tomorrow is the release date for Audrey NIffenegger's highly anticipated (and worth the hype, I might add) Her Fearful Symmetry. Here's what a few of the reviews are saying:

New York Times: "Lovers of Niffenegger's past work should rejoice. This outing may not be as blindly romantic as "The Time Traveler's Wife," but it is mature, complex and convincing -- a dreamy yet visceral tale of loves both familial and erotic, a search for Self in the midst of obsession with an Other. 'Her Fearful Symmetry' is as atmospheric and beguiling as a walk through Highgate itself."

Chicago Tribune: "Her Fearful Symmetry is at its best in its early pages, when Niffenegger gives herself room to present her cast of characters; there are some charming descriptions, particularly of these odd, wan mirror twins. The author's love for and deep research into Highgate is also apparent, as when she writes of the cemetery 'spread out in the moonlight like a soft grey hallucination, a stony wilderness of Victorian melancholy.' Not a deep meditation, the novel requires its readers to thoroughly suspend their disbelief and to go along for the haunted ride."

Also in the Tribune: Riding the 'L' with Audrey.

Sun-Times: "In this effective and very haunted ghost story, Niffenegger raises compelling questions about identity, the long-lasting power of love and the consequences of imposing one's will on others. And while the ending may not be totally satisfying, Her Fearful Symmetry manages to remain a beautiful testament to Niffenegger's fertile imagination and love of storytelling."

Also in the Sun-Times: An interview with Audrey about the new book and what we can expect from her next.

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