Her fearful symmetry (Audrey Niffenegger)

Recently, Miss Burt recommended Audrey Niffenegger’s second book, Her fearful symmetry, to Mrs Maxted, who thoroughly enjoyed it.  A synopsis follows:

“When Elspeth Noblin dies of leukaemia, she leaves behind a strange bequest that will have dramatic and tragic consequences. She leaves her London flat and all the trappings of her life to the ‘mirror’ twins of her own twin sister who currently live outside Chicago. This is news to the twins who didn’t even know that they had an aunt. The only condition of her legacy is that the twins, Julia and Valentina, have to live in the flat, which is adjacent to Highgate Cemetery, for a year before they can sell it. It is clear from the outset that Elspeth has secrets about her relationship with her twin sister Edie, which she is keen to keep hidden from the twins, but when it turns out that Elspeth hasn’t quite left the apartment after her death, things get a whole lot messier for everyone.” thebookbag.co.uk

Mrs Maxted felt that this was a well-told tale and read it as such, she didn’t think it was speculation on an afterlife  existence, particularly but wondered what people think about methods used to communicate with the dead…


Author: Berkhamsted School Library

Main aims for Berkhamsted School Library • to provide a central resource for the whole school curriculum • to encourage an ethos of enquiry and discovery • to assist pupils in becoming confident and independent learners • to develop research and information skills throughout the school • to offer resources which enrich cultural values and experiences for pupils, as well as have a role in their recreational life and promote reading for pleasure as a lifelong activity

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