Audrey Niffenegger’s Second Novel Coming Out in September 2009!

niffeneggeraEarlier this week, we discussed the upcoming movie version of The Time Traveler’s Wife. Now, the New York Times reports that Audrey Niffenegger’s next novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, will be coming out late September! [UPDATE: The book’s pub date is September 29.]

This is a description of the book in Niffenegger’s own words on her website:

“The novel concerns a pair of mirror-image twins, Julia and Valentina Poole. The twins are young, sheltered American girls who inherit a flat on the edge of Highgate Cemetery in London, bequeathed to them by their recently deceased aunt. Julia and Valentina are inseparable, and function almost as one being, although in temperament they are opposites. As the story begins, they arrive in London to live in their aunt’s apartment.

Their presence disrupts the lives of their upstairs and downstairs neighbors. Martin Wells is a translator who never leaves his apartment and struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Robert Fanshaw works as a guide in Highgate Cemetery and is devoted to all things associated with death. Julia takes it upon herself to “cure” Martin; Robert falls in love with Valentina and begins to pry her away from her twin. Valentina starts to crave autonomy. Julia becomes more demanding and possessive. Things get out of control, as you might imagine.”

Here’s an article in the Camden New Journal about Niffenegger’s inspiration and research for the new novel.

Does this sound interesting to you? Will you be buying her next novel? I’ll try to get my hands on an ARC when they become available and get you some scoop! (UPDATE: Read my review of Her Fearful Symmetry here.)

5 responses to “Audrey Niffenegger’s Second Novel Coming Out in September 2009!

  1. Sounds like my cuppa tea, PCN. Not that I’m into touring cemeteries, though ~ years ago, I walked into one late at night with a friend and while standing next to a grave, the air went icy cold and the hairs on the back of my neck started prickling in a big way. I swear I could have qualified for the 100m in the Olympics based on the speed at which I belted out of there! I know, I’m a wuss.

    • popculturenerd


      I can barely visit cemeteries during the day, much less late at night. If I’d been you that night, I wouldn’t have just qualified for the Olympics, I would’ve won the gold medal in the 100m and hurdles, too! (for jumping over my friend and tombstones on my way out)

  2. I’ll probably pick up the novel as well since I enjoyed The Time Traveller’s Wife so much.

    Sorry you both have had bad experiences visiting cemetaries. While they would never be my first choice for a bit of snogging, they can be a great place to wander and focus your thoughts.

  3. She looks like a librarian straight of Central Casting!

    Thanks for the heads up on the new read.

  4. I agree, Reader9, but the lady CAN write, so it ain’t no thing to me.

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