The Opposite House

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The Opposite House

by Helen Oyeyemi

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Format: Softcover

Publisher: Penguin Canada

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The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143017772

ISBN - 13: 9780143017776

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From the Publisher

"I read The Opposite House with rare happiness. The voice in it is so sure, the risk it takes is so good and the intelligence in it is a sheer relief."
-Ali Smith, author of The Accidental

Maja Carmen Carrerra was only five years old when her family emigrated to London. Growing up, she speaks the Spanish of her native land and the English of her adopted country, but longs for a connection to her African roots. Now in her early twenties, Maja is haunted by thoughts of Cuba and the desire to make sense of the threads of her history. Maja''s mother has found comfort in Santeria-a faith that melds Catholic saints and the Yoruba gods of West African religion. Her involvement with Santeria, however, divides the family as Maja''s father rails against his wife''s superstitions and the lost dreams of the Castro revolution.

Maja''s narrative is one of two parallel voices in Oyeyemi''s beautifully wrought novel. Yemaya Saramagua speaks from the other side of the reality wall-in the Somewherehouse, which has two doors, one opening to London, the other to Lagos. A Yoruban goddess, Yemaya, is troubled by the ease with which her fellow gods have disguised themselves as saints and reappeared under different names and faces.

As Maja and Yemaya move closer to understanding themselves, they realize that the journey to discovering where home truly lies is at once painful and exhilarating.

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The Opposite House: a Novel

The Opposite House: a Novel

by Helen Oyeyemi

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Format: Trade Paperback

Publisher: Penguin Canada

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Book. Signed by Author(s) First edition, first printing as evidenced by a complete number line from 1 to 10; signed by Helen Oyeyemi on the title page with no inscription; minor edge wear; otherwise a solid, clean copy in collectible condition.

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