From the author of the #1 bestselling The Time Traveler's Wife, a spectacularly compelling novel—set in and near Highgate Cemetery in London, about the love between twins, men and women, ghosts and the living.
Julia and Valentina Poole are twenty-year-old sisters with an intense attachment to each other. One morning the mailman delivers a thick envelope to their house in the suburbs of Chicago. Their English aunt Elspeth Noblin has died of cancer and left them her London apartment. There are two conditions for this inheritance: that they live in the flat for a year before they sell it and that their parents not enter it. Julia and Valentina are twins. So were the girls' aunt Elspeth and their mother, Edie.
The girls move to Elspeth's flat, which borders the vast Highgate Cemetery, where Christina Rossetti, George Eliot, Stella Gibbons, and other luminaries are buried. Julia and Valentina become involved with their living neighbors: Martin, a composer of crossword puzzles who suffers from crippling OCD, and Robert, Elspeth's elusive lover, a scholar of the cemetery. They also discover that much is still alive in Highgate, including—perhaps—their aunt.
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"Once again, Niffenegger proves herself to be a master storyteller, carefully enveloping her listeners in an unlikely plot. Bianca Amato's skillful narration takes twins Julia and Valentina from their Chicago home to their late aunt's flat near London's Highgate Cemetery. Amato outfits Julia with a confident American accent, while portraying Valentina, aptly nicknamed "Mouse," as meek and trapped by her relationship with her sister. Eccentric neighbors Robert and Martin play an integral role as secrets are revealed and "Mouse" finds an effective, if otherworldly, way to free herself from Julia's death grip. Listeners will applaud Niffenegger's skill in bringing plausibility to the unthinkable and Amato's range of accents and pacing. J.J.B. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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