Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Nyxen's Featured Book of the Week
Hey everyone! I have a new feature that will be added to the blog. This is called Featured Book of the Week.
This is where I randomly feature a book from my very own bookshelf on the blog. I numbered every book in my bookshelf-it wasn't that hard and didn't take long-and I will post a different book every Wednesday.
Let's get started!
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audry Nifffenegger
Hardcover 406 Pages
Scribner September 29, 2009
Audrey Niffenegger's spectacularly compelling second novel opens with a letter that alters the fate of every character. Julia and Valentina Poole are semi-normal American twenty-year-olds with seemingly little interest in collenge or finding jobs. Their attachment to one another is intense. One morning the mailman delivers a thick envelope to their house in the suburbs of Chicago. From a London solicitor, the enclosed letter informs Valentina and Julia that their English auth Elspeth Noblin, whom they never knew, has died of cancer and left them her Londom apartment. There are two conditions to this inheritance: that they live in it for a year before they sell it and that their parents not enter it. Julia and Valentina are twins. So were the estranged Elspeth and Edie, their mother.
The girls move to Elspeth's flat, which borders that vast and ornate Highgate Cemetery, where Christina Rossetti, George Eliot, Radclyffe Hall, Stella Gibbons, and Karl Marx are buried. Julia and Valentina come to know the living residents of their building. There is Martin, a brilliant and charming crossword-puzzle setter suffering from crippling obsessive compulsive disorder; Marijke, Martin's devoted but trapped wife; and Robert, Elspeth's elusive lover, a scholor of the cemetery. As the girls become embroiled in the fraying lives of their aunt's neighbors, they also discover that much is still alive in Highgate, including-perhaps-their aunt.
Author of one of the most beloved first novels in recent years, Niffinegger 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 can say that I've never read this book before. But I have read The Time-Traveller's Wife and I pleasently enjoyed that. This book is not YA but I thought we can all give it a chance.
The only thing that bugs me is the very detailed summary. It's like I already know what's going to happen yet at the same time, not. All I know is that this books will give me a lot of surprises when I finally pick it up to read it.
Have you read this book and if so did you like it?
Until next time,