by Marcus Brogden:
West of Karl Marx and just up the path from Charles Dickens’ widow and daughter stands author Audrey Niffenegger, deep in the heart of London’s Highgate Cemetery, the setting for her new novel, “Her Fearful Symmetry.”
Niffenegger — who was propelled to literary stardom by her best-selling novel “Time Traveler’s Wife” — is telling a group of tourists about one of the most colorful characters to end up in the Victorian burial ground, the menagerist George Wombwell, who died in 1850 and now lies in a tomb underneath a giant stone lion.
The mythical pull of Highgate — where the spirits of the Victorian age seem to whisper around every corner — lies at the heart of “Her Fearful Symmetry.” The book begins with the death of Elspeth Noblin at the age of 44, and the subsequent arrival of her American identical nieces to her apartment.
Noblin writes on her deathbed: “A bad thing about dying is that I’ve started to feel as though I’m being erased. Another bad thing is that I won’t get to find out what happens next.”
What an interesting place, it fits well the story plot. I find the twis theme very interesting also, “Her Fearful Symmetry” will captivate fans also. Have you read The Time Traveler’s Wife? Are you planning on reading Niffenegger’s new book?