Audrey Niffenegger is a 21st century Renaissance woman - an exceptionally creative writer and visual artist who has achieved enormous success in both worlds. Her highly acclaimed debut novel, THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE, has sold more than seven million copies and has been translated into forty languages. A film version was released in August 2009. Her second novel, HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY, was published in 2009 and became another New York Times and international bestseller.
Niffenegger is also the author of three "novels-in-pictures," THE THREE INCESTUOUS SISTERS, THE ADVENTURESS, and THE NIGHT BOOKMOBILE. The Gothic mood of her original artwork has led some to compare it to the work of Aubrey Beardsley and Edward Gorey.
A Chicago native, Niffenegger received her MFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Northwestern University. Her art has been widely exhibited in the United States and is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress and Harvard University's Houghton Library. She has remained with her original gallery, PrintWorks, for almost two decades.
She is a professor in the Interdisciplinary Book Arts MFA Program at the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. Her most recent interdisciplinary project is a collaboration with the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden on an original ballet, entitled "Raven Girl."
"The endurance of love animates this gothic story set in and around Highgate Cemetery in London. Niffenegger . . . has a knack for taking the romantic into the realm of creepiness, and she constructs a taut mystery around the secrets... It's no small achievement that the revelations are both organic and completely unexpected." - The New Yorker
"Frighteningly smart... Millions of readers who enjoyed THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE ... will find a similar theme in HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY: romance that transgresses all natural barriers.... Deliciously creepy." - Ron Charles, Washington Post
"Bewitching...Lovers of Niffenegger's past work should rejoice... HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY is as atmospheric and beguiling as a walk through Highgate itself." - Susann Cokal, New York Times Book Review
"An engrossing love story that crosses to the 'other side,' SYMMETRY offers an inventive take on sibling rivalry, personal identity and what it's like to be dead." - People
"Niffenegger piles on plenty of action... The book's end [is] a genuine surprise... [She] deftly plumbs the depths of her subject, showing a profound and imaginative understanding." - Martin Rubin, Los Angeles Times
"[A] gravely buoyant new novel of phantom loves and all-too-tangible fears." - O, the Oprah Magazine
"Niffenegger is an extraordinarily sensitive and accomplished writer, and HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY is a work of lovely delicacy." - Lev Grossman, Time
"Following up a phenomenal blockbuster is not easy, but Niffenegger rises to the task with HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY. Fans will find plenty of rewards in her clever ... [and] unique modern ghost story... Her descriptions transport the reader directly into a moody Victorian landscape of beauty and death... Mesmerizing... A deeply moving story filled with unforgettable characters... A beautiful testament to Niffenegger's fertile imagination and love of storytelling." - Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times
Audrey talks about her new book:
An Indigo Books & Music "Book of the Decade"
Selection of the Today Show Book Club
A New York Times Bestseller
2003 Amazon.com #1 Editor's Choice for Literature & Fiction
Barnes & Noble Discover Book
Finalist for Book Sense Fiction of the Year
Publishers Weekly (starred review): "Highly original... a soaring love story illuminated by dozens of finely observed details and scenes... It is a fair tribute to [Niffenegger's] skill and sensibility to say that the book leaves a reader with an impression of life's riches and strangeness rather than of easy thrills."
People (Critic's Choice): "A powerfully original love story."
Denver Post: "Niffenegger's beautiful prose and sure-handed way with character development lifts THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE beyond the realm of romantic potboilers and into the mainstream of literature that will last."
Washington Post: "Tremendous grace and imagination . . . A love story without softness or flinchiing."
Chicago Tribune: "[A] time-travel love story par excellence. . . . [A] soaring celebration of thhe victory of love over time."
The New Yorker: "Spirited . . . Niffenegger plays ingeniously in her temporal hall of mirrors."
Booklist (starred review): "Niffenegger's grim yet erotic tale and stunningly moody gothic prints possess the sly subversion of Edward Gorey, the emotional valence of Edvard Munch, and her very own brilliant use of iconographic pattern, surprising perspective, and tensile line in the service of a delectable, otherworldly sensibility."
BBC: "An object to be treasured and a story which unfolds like a play - or, as the author says, 'a silent film made from Japanese prints.' THE THREE INCESTUOUS SISTERS is an affecting addition to the picture-book genre."
Fantastic Fiction: "Reminiscent of the gothic style of Edward Gorey, Niffenegger's visually stunning narrative affirms her genius as a storyteller…Haunting illustrations and lyrical prose depict a timeless tale of love, revenge, and ultimately, transcendence."
Fantastic Fiction: "This gothic romance packs the emotional heft of the world's great fairy tales. It will delight fans of the author's previous works and enchant an entirely new legion of readers."
Neil Gaiman: "THE NIGHT BOOKMOBILE is a love letter, both elegiac and heartbreaking, to the things we have read, and to the readers that we are. It says that what we read makes us who we are. It's a graphic short story, beautifully drawn and perfectly told, a cautionary fantasia for anyone who has ever loved books, and I hope the story of the library, of Alexandra, finds its place on the shelves of the night bookmobiles of all of us who'd care. It's a treasure."
Booklist (starred review): "Pensive and unnerving . . . With beautifully complex perspectives, lustrous and moody colors, and refined expressiveness, Niffenegger has created a haunting cautionary tale about solitude, obsession, and the unfathomable power of books."
Audrey talks about THE NIGHT BOOKMOBILE:
"With her signature mordant wit, wry melancholy, and keen gothic sensibility, Niffenegger weds the fabulous with the deeply human in this concentrated, suspenseful fable of unlikely love, a struggle for selfhood, and a dramatic metamorphosis. Niffenegger's prose is precise and stinging, her etchings shadowed and graceful, her spellbinding story suffused with implications." - Booklist (starred review)
"A postmodern fairy tale . . . really is the handiest label for Audrey Niffenegger's latest, RAVEN GIRL . . . It's a lovely story." - Chicago Reader
"RAVEN GIRL, Audrey Niffenegger's very strange and very modern new fairy tale, serves as vivid proof that there can be no substitute for the sheer beauty of an old fashioned paper book . . . A new fairy tale takes flight." - Chicago Sunday Times
Watch Audrey Niffenegger read from RAVEN GIRL: