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Boy, Snow, Bird


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The fifth novel from award-winning author Helen Oyeyemi, who was named in 2013 as one of Granta's best of young British novelists. A retelling of the Snow White myth, Boy, Snow, Bird is a deeply moving novel about three women and an unbreakable bond.

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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 novel.


A spellbinding, wholly original look at families and the secrets they keep . . . An absolutely amazing and absorbing read * Marie Claire *
Gloriously unsettling . . . it's clearly the book she's been waiting for . . . 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. * New York Times *
Boy, Snow, Bird is a haunting, tender portrait of three women from one of our generation's most talented literary writers * Stylist *
Boy, Snow, Bird is among my favorite new releases for this year already. A retelling of the Snow White fairy-tale that focuses on race, it's a sensitive, intelligent treatment of a subject most fiction still sidesteps. Fans of Adichie's Americanah who also like a little fantasy in their coffee will be enchanted, I think. * Flavorwire *
You don't want to leave Boy, Snow, Bird . . . a joy; the kind of fiction where you can wallow in the language and thrill at her inventiveness. * Emerald Street *
One of my favourite books this year is Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi. It is a modern version of the Snow White fairy tale and challenges the origins of meaning. -- Jenni Fagan * The Herald *
Vibrant, funny and poignant * Big Issue *
Striking, shimmering fiction . . . Boy, Snow, Bird is an intoxicatingly immersive riff on the myth of the evil stepmother * Metro *
Oyeyemi writes beautiful prose, can adopt a sassy American idiom with assurance and produces sentences that no one else would think of . . . Boy's is a unique narrative voice * The Times *
An extraordinary modern fairy tale, with huge international buzz * Red magazine *
A powerful intertwining of fairytale and reality . . . Boy, Snow and Bird are brilliant creation, and through these three appealing and mysterious characters Oyeyemi examines female identity in all its delightful and terrifying complexity . . . Oyeyemi is a master of language; her writing is beautiful and precise, and her ability to hide deep meaning in unassuming words is breathtaking. This is a bewitching book, in every way. * The List *
Oyeyemi is the cleverest in the land * Washington Post *
'Riveting, brilliant and emotionally rich . . . Dense with fully realized characters, startling images, original observations and revelatory truths, this masterpiece engages the reader's heart and mind as it captures both the complexities of racial and gender identity in the 20th century and the more intimate complexities of love in all its guises. * Kirkus *
Helen Oyeyemi consolidates her position as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists 2013 with the publication of her fifth novel, a story about the perception and power of appearances and race, and their potential destructiveness . . . An enchanting and captivating book. * Independent *
Creepy but cute and convincingly American . . . it describes the mistreatment of the unusually intelligent and beautiful, and the insanity which lurks in self-knowledge -- Graham Robb, Books of the Year 2014 * Times Literary Supplement *
Oyeyemi continues her serious inquiry into the novel's potential and into what happens when you shake an old story into an otherwise unimaginable time, setting, shape and relevance. To me she is one of our most exciting, witty and questioning novelists as well as quite simply a writer of sentences so elegant that they gleam -- Ali Smith, Books of the Year 2014 * Times Literary Supplement *
Boy, Snow, Bird is my favourite Helen Oyeyemi book to date. Dazzling, inventive, light on her feet, Oyeyemi's voice is distinctive, unique -- Jackie Kay, Best Books of 2014 * Guardian *
Taking 'Snow White' as a cultural touchstone, Oyeyemi's novel offers up a cautionary tale on post-race ideology, racial limbos and the politics of passing -- Notable Books of 2014 * New York Times *

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