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Boy, Snow, Bird

by Helen Oyeyemi

HAMISH HAMILTON CANADA | March 4, 2014 | Trade Paperback |

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In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts,  looking, she believes, for beauty-the opposite of the life she's left behind in  New York. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome  daughter, Snow Whitman.

A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she'd become, but elements  of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the  birth of Boy's daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as lightskinned  African Americans passing for white. Among them, Boy, Snow, and Bird  confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold.

Dazzlingly inventive and powerfully moving, Boy, Snow, Bird is an astonishing and  enchanting novel. With breathtaking feats of imagination, Helen Oyeyemi confirms  her place as one of the most original and dynamic literary voices of our time.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: March 4, 2014

Publisher: HAMISH HAMILTON CANADA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143187430

ISBN - 13: 9780143187431

Found in: Fiction and Literature
When was the last time you read a book that made you want to call a friend and insist they read it, not just because it was a fantastic read, but because you absolutely, immediately needed someone you could talk to about it? Boy, Snow, Bird is that book. Helen Oyeyemi’s new novel is a fascinating, brilliant, and surprisingly charming story of a mother and two daughters struggling to invent themselves while fumbling and failing to understand each other. Boy is the mother, a woman with nerves of cold steel, Snow is the beautiful, enigmatic step-daughter, and Bird is the precocious, dark-skinned child whose birth reveals the mixed-race heritage her family worked so hard to hide. Together Boy, Snow, and Bird tell a story that echoes Snow White, full of mirrors and masks, jealousy and suspicion, and all the ways we hide from ourselves. It’s a relentlessly original re-imagination, a matryoshka doll of a book with truths nesting inside lies, and characters who reveal themselves momentarily before Oyeyemi wraps them in another layer of mystery. Boy, Snow, Bird is not a book you’ll be able to keep to yourself. It’s a stunning puzzle that will leave you thinking, sharing, and talking – it is a book that refuses to let go of you.

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Boy, Snow, Bird

Boy, Snow, Bird

by Helen Oyeyemi

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: March 4, 2014

Publisher: HAMISH HAMILTON CANADA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143187430

ISBN - 13: 9780143187431

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In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts,  looking, she believes, for beauty-the opposite of the life she's left behind in  New York. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome  daughter, Snow Whitman.

A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she'd become, but elements  of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the  birth of Boy's daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as lightskinned  African Americans passing for white. Among them, Boy, Snow, and Bird  confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold.

Dazzlingly inventive and powerfully moving, Boy, Snow, Bird is an astonishing and  enchanting novel. With breathtaking feats of imagination, Helen Oyeyemi confirms  her place as one of the most original and dynamic literary voices of our time.

Editorial Reviews

"Oyeyemi''s writing is gorgeous and resonant and fresh . Charm is a quality that overflows in this novel, and it works under its best definition: as a kind of magical attraction and delight. Oyeyemi casts her word-spell, sentence by sentence, story by story, and by the end, the oppressive lair has opened up into a shimmering landscape pulsing with life." - The New York Times
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