Wednesday, October 14, 2009

2009 book 217

Audrey Niffenegger's Her Fearful Symmetry
So remember how Niffenegger got a five million dollar advance for this book by virtue of having previously written a runaway bestseller? Well, this is not a five million dollar book. It's not even really a five thousand dollar book. Starting with the lazy, lazy title, moving to the complete lack of logic in her ghost world, then to the completely illogical decisions her characters make . . . I did enjoy the first half, as the characters were all interesting (a woman leaves her apartment to her twin nieces, and there is lots of twin drama in various generations, and romances, and family secrets, and a great upstairs neighbor crippled by OCD), but something that I think is supposed to be a big secret is way too easy to guess, and the characters all turn into idiots. C-.

1 comment:

Christina said...

I agree with you - the first half of this book had me completely enthralled, but it's like she lost interest or something. What an amazing imagination that woman has, though, I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next!