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  1. I read that Audrey was a visual artist prior to being an author… which makes a lot of sense, because her novels are so visual and symbolic. She paints a picture with her words, in the same way that an artist would with a brush – I’d love to see these graphic novels, to see how creative she can be in her own element.

    • Totally agree with you Danielle. I did see this book and leaf through it, and the illustrations are arresting. (BTW Danielle, I cannot leave comments on your blog. It won’t accept any of my sign-ins. And I don’t have your e-mail. I am not ignoring you!)

      • I think I remember reading that she had mapped out Highgate Cemetary for when she was writing Her Fearful Symmetry. I also think this might be the first part in a larger work. I wonder if it will be the beginning of a novel.?

    • You should definitely flip through them. There is an elementary quality in The Adventuress, while the drawings in The Night Bookmobile were more sophisticated. She really has a wide range.

    • She definitely makes you think about the solitary nature of reading and how it can be both a blessing and a curse if you don’t manage your time welll!

    • It was definitely an interesting way to look at the reading experience. I shouldn’t be surprised that she does this as well. I’m finding that people usually dabble in more than one form of creativity.

  2. I read and enjoyed The Three Incestuous Sisters, though it is very odd as well. This one has been on my radar for a bit, though it floats in and out of my mind. I need to go ahead and wishlist it, as I think it sound veryyy interesting. Thanks for a great review, Nicole!

  3. I didn’t know that Niffenegger had written graphic novels as well – multi-talented :)

    I’m very intrigued by the blank pages in some of the books … and your caution/relief that you don’t share the intensity of obsession that Alexandra does. Very curious about this one, thanks, Nicole!

  4. I read this one earlier this year and just never was able to review it because I wasn’t sure of my thoughts on it. I wasn’t entirely sure of what Niffenegger’s message was. I am not sure how I fit into it, either. I think I am a pretty social person, but there are many, many times when I’d rather be with my books than people. Right now, I justify that by pointing out that I’m in grad school surrounded by people all the time and doing tons of group work, so I like to spend my spare time pursuing solitary things like reading. BUT all the same… hopefully I don’t get as isolated as Alexandra!

  5. I read this book earlier this year and really enjoyed. You’re right about the ending being haunting. The author did an excellent job of illustrating the difference between a passion and an obsession.

  6. Found you through the Saturday review linky.
    I liked The Night Bookmobile so much I named my blog after it, ha. I also really loved Time Traveler’s Wife and was completely disappointed by Fearful Symmetry. It’s weird for me to be so all over the place with an author that I love some works and despise others. The only other author I’ve felt that way towards is Salinger.

  7. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book and looks like yet another one for the RIP Challenge! Several participants for 2011’s challenge included this one and it seems so intriguing. I need to try to get into graphic novels and this might be the place I need to start!

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