Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Blurring the lines

Oddly enough, "Remarkable Creatures" is in the stack I borrowed from Euclid Library last week. After reading Jason's recent post, I may move it up a few spots on my list...

I just finished "Her Fearful Symmetry" by Audrey Niffenegger. You may know her as the author of "The Time Traveler's Wife."

And if you're at all familiar with that novel or the movie it inspired, you know that you have to suspend a certain amount of disbelief when it comes to Niffenegger's work.

But it's worth it.

Symmetry is the story of twins who inherit their mom’s twin’s estate in London.

The move has them questioning their mother’s relationship with her sister, their relationship with each other.

Interesting as Julia and Valentina are; however; it’s the other folks in their aunt’s building I found most compelling.

There’s Robert, their aunt’s lover and now keeper of her secrets who’s finding a new love interest in one of the twins. And there’s Martin whose phobias keep him prisoner in his apartment even as he develops a friendship with the other twin.

The lines between life and death are blurred in ways both intriguing and a little bit creepy.

But that’s the beauty of Niffenegger’s stories; they get you thinking.

- Tricia Ambrose

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