Boy, Snow, Bird

Boy, Snow, Bird

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BOY Novak turns twenty and decides to try for a brand-new life. Flax Hill, Massachusetts, isn't exactly a welcoming town, but it does have the virtue of being the last stop on the bus route she took from New York. Flax Hill is also the hometown of Arturo Whitman - craftsman, widower, and father of Snow. SNOW is mild-mannered, radiant and deeply cherished - exactly the sort of little girl Boy never was, and Boy is utterly beguiled by her. If Snow displays a certain inscrutability at times, that's simply a characteristic she shares with her father, harmless until Boy gives birth to Snow's sister, Bird. When BIRD is born Boy is forced to re-evaluate the image Arturo's family have presented to her, and Boy, Snow and Bird are broken more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 134 x 210 x 26mm | 320g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Airside/Irish/Open market ed
  • 1447254228
  • 9781447254225
  • 113,658

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"Gloriously unsettling...the greatest joy of reading Oyeyemi will always be style: jagged and capricious at moments, lush and rippled at others, always singular, like the voice-over of a fever dream." --"The New York Times Book Review" "With her fifth novel, 29-year-old Helen Oyeyemi has fully transformed from a literary prodigy into a powerful, distinctive storyteller...["Boy, Snow, Bird "is] transfixing and surprising." --"Entertainment Weekly" "The outline of [Oyeyemi's] remarkable career glimmers with pixie dust... Her latest novel, "Boy, Snow, Bird," continues on this bewitching path...the atmosphere of fantasy lingers over these pages like some intoxicating incense....Under Oyeyemi's spell, the fairy-tale conceit makes a brilliant setting in which to explore the alchemy of racism, the weird ways in which identity can be transmuted in an instant -- from beauty to beast or vice versa." --Ron Charles, "The Washington Post" "By transforming 'Snow White' into a tale that hinges on race and cultural ideas about beauty -- the danger of mirrors indeed -- Oyeyemi finds a new, raw power in the classic. In her hands, the story is about secrets and lies, mothers and daughters, lost sisters and the impossibility of seeing oneself or being seen in a brutally racist world... [Oyeyemi] elegantly and inventively turns a classic fairy tale inside out." --"Los Angeles Times " "Oyeyemi is something rare -- a born novelist, who gets better every book. "Boy, Snow, Bird" is an enchanting retelling of "Snow White" that mixes questions of beauty and vanity with issues of race." --"Cosmopolitan " "[Oyeyemi] is the literary heir of the late, great Angela Carter, a writer whose fiction glides from swirling archetype and folklore to the wised-up observations of a thoroughly modern womanhood." --Laura Miller, "Salon" "This imaginative novel explores identity, race and family, arguing in brilliant language thashow more

About Helen Oyeyemi

Helen Oyeyemi is the prize-winning author of novels including White is for Witching, which won a 2010 Somerset Maugham Award, and Mr Fox. In 2013, Helen was included in Granta's Best of Young British Novelists, alongside Ned Beauman and Zadie Smith. Boy, Snow, Bird is Helen's fifth more

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18,711 ratings
3.33 out of 5 stars
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4 32% (5,950)
3 34% (6,320)
2 16% (2,913)
1 5% (973)
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