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.