Audrey Niffengger’s first book, THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE, was a million-dollar bestseller so does it really come as a surprise that for her second novel, HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY, nets her a $4M deal from Scribner? Uh, yes. This is a recession after all and that’s a lot of money. But then, hardcovers have been selling well overall haven’t they? I read THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE when it first came out and thought her voice/style of writing was good for a debut novel amidst others who found her writing effort amateurish to be kind. It was also a one time read for me, too. The end, though bittersweet, was haunting and disappointing for me.
Anyway, I plan to read her second novel if my library gets a copy or if the book comes out in a digital format that is within a decent price range. I would love to net an ARC but I’m sure most people would be well ahead of me for a chance at a copy before the September publication. Well, what is the story about you ask? From the article it is described as “the story of twin American girls who live near a cemetery in London.” Does that rock your boat or what? It seems that many publishers placed bids on her manuscript.