Friday, August 29, 2014

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she decides to leave her London flat to her twin sister’s daughters, who also just so happen to be twins. The catch is that her inseparable twin nieces, Julia and Valentina have to spend a year living in the flat which overlooks Highgate Cemetery.  Throughout their year living in the flat, Julia and Valentina encounter the building’s unusual neighbors including Martin a crossword-making, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder suffering genius and Richard, an expert on Highgate Cemetery, who just so happens to be Elspeth’s former lover. Perhaps the most interesting inhabitant of the building is Elspeth’s ghost, who just refuses to leave. Through a series of events, the twins are forced to see just how far their bond will go.