Icarus Girl

by Helen Oyeyemi

September 1, 2007 | Trade Paperback

Icarus Girl is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

Jessamy “Jess” Harrison is an eight-year-old caught between two worlds. The daughter of a British father and a Nigerian mother, she has always felt like a misfit. She is smart and precocious, but can’t seem to get along in school; she throws tantrums at random, making life a challenge for her parents. Believing that she needs a change from her English environment, her parents whisk her off to visit relatives in Nigeria.

Jess’s adjustment to Nigeria is only beginning when she meets Titiola, or Tilly, whom only Jess can see. Tilly quickly insinuates herself into Jess’s life, appearing out of nowhere even after Jess returns to England. At first Tilly is Jess’s comfort and delight, but gradually her visits become more disturbing when she reveals that Jess had a stillborn twin and that she intends to be the sister Jess never had.

The Icarus Girl is a strikingly original variation on a classic literary theme—the existence of “doubles,” both real and spiritual. With grace and confidence,  Helen Oyeyemi skillfully blends the motifs of Nigerian folklore with the complexities of cultural displacement to capture the mysterious power of myth to transform reality.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.6 × 6 × 1.25 in

Published: September 1, 2007

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670045349

ISBN - 13: 9780670045341

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Icarus Girl Ms. Oyeyemi is a beautiful writer. The Icarus Girl is so well written that you question any pre-concieved notion you might have approached the book with. She captivates you. For a few chapters you're convinced Tilly is a ghost, then you think it is Jessamy's imaginary friend or maybe a curse from her Nigerian visit. and right when you think you've figured it all out, the author ends the story and you're still wondering (in a good way).
Date published: 2005-12-12

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Icarus Girl

by Helen Oyeyemi

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.6 × 6 × 1.25 in

Published: September 1, 2007

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670045349

ISBN - 13: 9780670045341

From the Publisher

Jessamy “Jess” Harrison is an eight-year-old caught between two worlds. The daughter of a British father and a Nigerian mother, she has always felt like a misfit. She is smart and precocious, but can’t seem to get along in school; she throws tantrums at random, making life a challenge for her parents. Believing that she needs a change from her English environment, her parents whisk her off to visit relatives in Nigeria.

Jess’s adjustment to Nigeria is only beginning when she meets Titiola, or Tilly, whom only Jess can see. Tilly quickly insinuates herself into Jess’s life, appearing out of nowhere even after Jess returns to England. At first Tilly is Jess’s comfort and delight, but gradually her visits become more disturbing when she reveals that Jess had a stillborn twin and that she intends to be the sister Jess never had.

The Icarus Girl is a strikingly original variation on a classic literary theme—the existence of “doubles,” both real and spiritual. With grace and confidence,  Helen Oyeyemi skillfully blends the motifs of Nigerian folklore with the complexities of cultural displacement to capture the mysterious power of myth to transform reality.

About the Author

Helen Oyeyemi was born in Nigeria in 1984 and has lived in London from the age of four. She completed The Icarus Girl, her first novel, just before her nineteenth birthday. Her first play, Juniper’s Whitening, was staged at Cambridge last spring and will be published by Methuen in the U.K. She is in her second year at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Editorial Reviews

"Deserving of all its praise, this is a masterly first novel—and a nightmarish story that will haunt Oyeyemi's readers for months to come." —The New York Times Book Review

"Like The Famished Road, Ben Okri's 1991 Booker Prize- winning novel, The Icarus Girl plays with narrative and myth...This bold curiosity bodes well not only for Oyeyemi's career as a writer, but also for the future of British literature." —Washington Post

"[Oyeyemi's] proximity to her narrator, her ability to capture that child's voice, is what makes the book so original and so good." —San Francisco Chronicle

"In The Icarus Girl, Oyeyemi shapes and articulates a little girl's intense, inchoate anxieties into a disturbing ghost story, one that is as childishly accessible as anything by R.L. Stine, as sophisticated as Emily Bronte and as spiritually magical as Ben Okri." —The Gazette (Montreal)

"The "Icarus Girl" is a wonderfully ambitious debut in a formidable tradition." —The Globe and Mail

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