First, the good news for fans of Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife: A second novel is on the way and it's titled Her Fearful Symmetry.
Now, the good news for Audrey Niffenegger: She sold this new book to Scribner for $5 million dollars! This is an enormous amount of money for an advance during any time, but it's particularly stunning right now given the economic climate and the shaky fiscal ground on which the publishing world is balancing.
I so enjoyed The Time Traveler's Wife (and really can't wait for the movie to come out, which is now supposedly slated for February 2010 — ugh) and I'm glad to hear Niffenegger has continued writing. Given the enormous success of her debut novel and this huge sum of money for a second book, she's up against some seriously high expectations. I'm going to cross my fingers and hope the best for her sophomore effort. To find out what the next novel is all about,
Niffenegger's site has the description of her forthcoming novel:
The novel concerns a pair of mirror-image twins, Julia and Valentina Poole. The twins are young, sheltered American girls who inherit a flat on the edge of Highgate Cemetery in London, bequeathed to them by their recently deceased aunt. Julia and Valentina are inseparable, and function almost as one being, although in temperament they are opposites. As the story begins, they arrive in London to live in their aunt's apartment.
What do you think? Are you happy with her success? Are you looking forward to her new book?