“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
I really enjoyed reading The Time Traveler’s Wife and so naturally I am intrigued to find out if her next book The Fearful Symmetry can live up to the success of its predecessor. So far I have seen really positive, even glowing, reviews, so I’m really excited about this one and can’t wait for its release!
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
PublicationDate: 1 Oct 2009
Hardback: 400 pages
PublicationDate: 29 Sept 2009
Hardback: 416 pages
Summary (Amazon UK)
Julia and Valentina Poole are normal American teenagers – normal, at least, for identical ‘mirror’ twins who have no interest in college or jobs or possibly anything outside their cozy suburban home. But everything changes when they receive notice that an aunt whom they didn’t know existed has died and left them her flat in an apartment block overlooking Highgate Cemetery in London. They feel that at last their own lives can begin … but have no idea that they’ve been summoned into a tangle of fraying lives, from the obsessive-compulsive crossword setter who lives above them to their aunt’s mysterious and elusive lover who lives below them, and even to their aunt herself, who never got over her estrangement from the twins’ mother – and who can’t even seem to quite leave her flat.
With Highgate Cemetery itself a character and echoes of Henry James and Charles Dickens, “Her Fearful Symmetry” is a delicious and deadly twenty-first-century ghost story about Niffenegger’s familiar themes of love, loss and identity. It is certain to cement her standing as one of the most singular and remarkable novelists of our time.