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Niffenegger, Audrey. HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY. New York City, NY: Scribner, 2009. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 406 pages. As New/As New.

The author's second novel. One of the most eagerly-anticipated and important literary events of the decade. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes the British Edition and should not be confused with copies issued by the publisher that are signed on a tipped-in page. The title alludes to William Blake's "The Tyger" (from "Songs of Experience"), one of the greatest poems in the English language: "Tyger! Tyger! Burning bright / In the forests of the night, / What immortal hand or eye, / Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?". Presents Audrey Niffenegger's haunting ghost story/romance of a novel, her most fully realized work in the Romantic/Gothic vein that characterizes her art as well as her prose. "The endurance of love animates this story set in Highgate Cemetery London. When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her estate, including an apartment overlooking the graveyard, to the twin daughters of her twin sister, from whom she has been estranged for twenty years. When Valentina and Julia show up to claim their inheritance, they soon discover that Elspeth is still in residence, in ghostly form. Niffenegger has a knack for taking the Romantic into the realm of creepiness, and she constructs a taut mystery around the secrets to be found in Elspeth's diaries and the lengths to which she will go to reunite with her younger lover. It's no small achievement that the revelations are both organic and completely unexpected" (The New Yorker Magazine). Readers who fell in love with her breakthrough debut, "The Time Traveler's Wife", will be spellbound again. "Beautiful prose. Literature that will last" (The Denver Post). A "must-have" title for Audrey Niffenegger collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (on the month, day, and year of publication) in black pen on the title page by the author: "Audrey Niffenegger Newberry Library September 29, 2009". Laid-in is a copy of the Souvenir Announcement Leaflet of Niffenegger's Chicago appearance/signing at The Newberry Library. As reader/collector/lovers of "The Time Traveler's Wife" know, the Newberry Library is a central setting of Niffenegger's debut novel and therefore has a truly special significance for the author. This title is an instant collectible. This is the only such signed, placed, and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the finest living American artist/writers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER AUDREY NIFFENEGGER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1439165394. $150.00

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