White Is For Witching

by Helen Oyeyemi

Penguin Group Canada | June 15, 2010 | Trade Paperback

White Is For Witching is rated 1 out of 5 by 1.

With distinct originality and grace and an extraordinary gift for making the fantastic believable, Helen Oyeyemi spins the politics of family and nation into a riveting and unforgettable mystery.

As a child, Miranda Silver developed pica, a rare eating disorder that causes its victims to consume non-edible substances. The death of her mother when Miranda is sixteen exacerbates her condition. And then there''s the family house in Dover, England, converted to a bed and breakfast by Miranda''s father. Dover has long been known for its hostility toward outsiders. But The Silver House manifests a more conscious malice toward strangers, dispatching those visitors it despises. Enraged by the constant stream of foreign staff and guests, the house finally unleashes its most destructive power.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.25 × 5.35 × 0.65 in

Published: June 15, 2010

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 014316936X

ISBN - 13: 9780143169369

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from What a disappointment! I chose this book for the January Task of the 2012 Versatile Reading Challenge, which was to read a book by a Nigerian author. It won the 2010 Somerset Maugham Award. This is quite possibly the oddest book that I have ever read! The central character to the story is Miranda, an 18 year-old girl whose mother has recently passed away. She is a strange girl who is afflicted with pica, which her mother and grandmother suffered from as well. The book has multiple narrators: Miranda, Eliot (Miranda’s twin brother), Ore (Miranda’s girlfriend whom she meets in college), and “the house.” I found the multiple narrations very confusing. There is no indication whatsoever when the book is switching narrators. Oftentimes, I thought Miranda would be narrating and then Miranda was mentioned in the third-person, so I knew that I was wrong and had to flip back into the story to figure out where the narration left off with Miranda and to try to figure out who now was speaking! I was really thrown when I realized that it was “the house” that was narrating parts of the book, because I thought that it couldn’t possibly be the house that was speaking! I eventually figured out that the odd style of overlapping phrases was one visual cue to the change in narrators. This is an example of how it looks in the book: "It looked so fine on the mannequin proved very useful for me when Miranda, Luc and Eliot left for the airport." Strange, isn't it? I have read such high praise for Oyeyemi, and my expectations were high for this book. Unfortunately, the book fell flat for me. I kept reading, hoping that the plot would go somewhere, but it didn’t. With the genre labels of “horror” or “paranormal,” I was hoping for a scary or creepy story but this book did not deliver. MY RATING: 1 star! I didn’t enjoy it at all. It wasn’t for me.
Date published: 2012-01-26

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White Is For Witching

by Helen Oyeyemi

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.25 × 5.35 × 0.65 in

Published: June 15, 2010

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 014316936X

ISBN - 13: 9780143169369

From the Publisher

With distinct originality and grace and an extraordinary gift for making the fantastic believable, Helen Oyeyemi spins the politics of family and nation into a riveting and unforgettable mystery.

As a child, Miranda Silver developed pica, a rare eating disorder that causes its victims to consume non-edible substances. The death of her mother when Miranda is sixteen exacerbates her condition. And then there''s the family house in Dover, England, converted to a bed and breakfast by Miranda''s father. Dover has long been known for its hostility toward outsiders. But The Silver House manifests a more conscious malice toward strangers, dispatching those visitors it despises. Enraged by the constant stream of foreign staff and guests, the house finally unleashes its most destructive power.

About the Author

Helen Oyeyemi was born in Nigeria in 1984 and moved to London when she was four. She completed her first novel, The Icarus Girl just before her nineteenth birthday, while studying for her A levels. She has written two plays, Juniper's Whitening and Victimese. White is for Witching is her third novel.

Editorial Reviews

"Hitchcock would have had a heyday with this literary novel. . . Eerie beyond measure, riveting and unique, it will make you think twice about turning the lights off at night." - Winnipeg Free Press
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