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Her Fearful Symmetry

Her Fearful Symmetry is the fifth novel by author Audrey Niffenegger.

The book was published on 1 October 2009 and is set in London's Highgate Cemetery where, during research for the book, Niffenegger acted as a tour guide.

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The title

The novel's title is inspired by "The Tyger", a poem by the English poet William Blake, which begins "Tyger! Tyger! burning bright / In the forests of the night, / What immortal hand or eye / Could frame thy fearful symmetry?".

Considering the setting of the novel, some critics have also pointed out a potential verbal pun in the novel's title, since in received pronunciation "symmetry" and "cemetery" are almost homophonous. There is also a physical symmetry in two of the main characters - identical twins with mirrored internal organs.

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