Get to know novelist Audrey Niffenegger



Elsbeth died while Robert was standing in front of the vending machine watching T shoot into a small plastic cup later he would remember walking down the hospital corridor with the cup of horrible tea in his hand alone under the fluorescent lights retracing his steps to the room where Elsbeth lace rounded by machines she had turned her head towards the door and her eyes were open at first Robert thought she was conscious I have been interested in working with the idea of death for a very long time and even when I was a teenager as killing off characters with abandon and missing a lot of little skeleton drawings and this whole tradition and art of the momentum or this idea that an awareness of death makes daily life sweeter because you are more aware of the transitory nature of things there's also a certain beauty in decay and in loss what I wanted to convey in this second book is the beauty of remembering people after they're dead but also the futility of trying to hold on to things beyond their natural span particularly in America we have a tendency to tidy everything related to death away and put it away from us and it's not an easy topic for people yet it is certainly something that everyone copes with and so we cope awkwardly and in the book at least one characters very busy coping awkwardly the basic structure of the book is about couples coming together and coming undone the symmetry of the title has to do with mirroring and opposites and coupling and uncoupling hopefully this book works on enough levels so that if you were to go back and read it again you would see different things if you think about it later you would suddenly realize something you hadn't thought of ideally when you're reading this book you would have the experience that's there for you in the book but it might also lead you to reconsider your own experience that would be perfect

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