The Icarus Girl

by Helen Oyeyemi

Penguin Group Canada | May 5, 2006 | Trade Paperback

The Icarus Girl is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

A sensation among readers around the world, The Icarus Girl is the beautifully written story of eight-year-old Jessamy “Jess” Harrison. Sensitive, whimsical, possessed of a powerful imagination, Jess spends hours writing, reading, or simply hiding in the dark warmth of the airing cupboard. As the child of an English father and a Nigerian mother, Jess just can''t shake off the feeling of being alone wherever she goes, and other kids are wary of her terrified fits of screaming. When her parents take her to Nigeria to visit her mother''s family, she encounters Titiola, or TillyTilly, a ragged little girl her own age. To Jess, it seems that, at last, she has found someone who will understand her. But gradually TillyTilly''s visits become more disturbing, making Jess start to realize that she doesn''t know who TillyTilly is at all. A story of twins and ghosts, of a little girl growing up between cultures and colors, this book heralds the arrival of a remarkable new talent.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 0.75 in

Published: May 5, 2006

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143017764

ISBN - 13: 9780143017769

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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The Icarus Girl

by Helen Oyeyemi

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 0.75 in

Published: May 5, 2006

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143017764

ISBN - 13: 9780143017769

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A sensation among readers around the world, The Icarus Girl is the beautifully written story of eight-year-old Jessamy “Jess” Harrison. Sensitive, whimsical, possessed of a powerful imagination, Jess spends hours writing, reading, or simply hiding in the dark warmth of the airing cupboard. As the child of an English father and a Nigerian mother, Jess just can''t shake off the feeling of being alone wherever she goes, and other kids are wary of her terrified fits of screaming. When her parents take her to Nigeria to visit her mother''s family, she encounters Titiola, or TillyTilly, a ragged little girl her own age. To Jess, it seems that, at last, she has found someone who will understand her. But gradually TillyTilly''s visits become more disturbing, making Jess start to realize that she doesn''t know who TillyTilly is at all. A story of twins and ghosts, of a little girl growing up between cultures and colors, this book heralds the arrival of a remarkable new talent.

About the Author

Helen Oyeyemi was born in Nigeria in 1984 and moved to London when she was four. She completed The Icarus Girl just before her nineteenth birthday, while studying for her A levels. She is now a student of social and political sciences at Cambridge University. She has written two plays, Juniper’s Whitening and Victimese. The Icarus Girl is her first novel, and she is at work on her second.

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