28 Jan 2010
It turns out that if you liked Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time-Traveler’s Wife, you will not necessarily like Her Fearful Symmetry. I didn’t like the title, first off: it’s awkward and hard to say. Every time I said it, I added a question mark at the end to imply that I didn’t understand it either. I’m reading Her Fearful Symmetry? I also hated the spindly font on the cover.
Edited to add: ohhhh, it’s a reference to Blake’s “The Tyger.” Whatevs.
There are ghosts in it, but Niffenegger handles the ghosty elements pretty rationally: they do NOT SEND EMAIL or throw buckets of water on people or try to make out with their nephews with one rotting eyeball hanging out of their skulls like in some books.
However, if you like rationally ghosty books involving characters you don’t really like because there’s nothing to like about them, go read this book!
In related reading news, have you read Natasha Trethewey’s Native Guard? Holy balls, these poems are fantastic.
In closing, here are two vanity tags I saw recently that totally fail: