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Boy, Snow, Bird

Boy, Snow, Bird

Oyeyemi, Helen, author

'Boy, Snow, Bird' is a deeply moving novel about three women and the strange connection between them. It confirms Helen Oyeyemi's place as one of the most original and dynamic literary voices of her generation

Paperback, Book. English. General.
Published London: Picador, 2015

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Statement of responsibility: Helen Oyeyemi
ISBN: 1447237145, 9781447237143
Note: Originally published: 2014.
Physical Description: 308 pages ; 20 cm

Author note

Helen Oyeyemi is the author of The Icarus Girl, The Opposite House, White is for Witching (which won a Somerset Maugham Award), and Mr Fox. Helen was included in Granta's Best Young British Novelists. Boy, Snow, Bird is Helen's fifth novel.


A spellbinding, wholly original look at families and the secrets they keep . . . An absolutely amazing and absorbing read
Marie Claire||Gloriously unsettling . . . it's clearly the book she's been waiting for . . . the greatest joy of reading Oyeyemi will always be style: jagged and capricious at moments, lush and rippled at others, always singular, like the voice-over of a fever dream.
New York Times||Boy, Snow, Bird is a haunting, tender portrait of three women from one of our generation's most talented literary writers
Stylist||Boy, Snow, Bird is among my favorite new releases for this year already. A retelling of the Snow White fairy-tale that focuses on race, it's a sensitive, intelligent treatment of a subject most fiction still sidesteps. Fans of Adichie's Americanah who also like a little fantasy in their coffee will be enchanted, I think.
Flavorwire||You don't want to leave Boy, Snow, Bird . . . a joy; the kind of fiction where you can wallow in the language and thrill at her inventiveness.
Emerald Street||One of my favourite books this year is Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi. It is a modern version of the Snow White fairy tale and challenges the origins of meaning.
The Herald||Vibrant, funny and poignant
Big Issue||Striking, shimmering fiction . . . Boy, Snow, Bird is an intoxicatingly immersive riff on the myth of the evil stepmother
Metro||Oyeyemi writes beautiful prose, can adopt a sassy American idiom with assurance and produces sentences that no one else would think of . . . Boy's is a unique narrative voice
The Times||An extraordinary modern fairy tale, with huge international buzz
Red magazine||A powerful intertwining of fairytale and reality . . . Boy, Snow and Bird are brilliant creation, and through these three appealing and mysterious characters Oyeyemi examines female identity in all its delightful and terrifying complexity . . . Oyeyemi is a master of language; her writing is beautiful and precise, and her ability to hide deep meaning in unassuming words is breathtaking. This is a bewitching book, in every way.
The List||Oyeyemi is the cleverest in the land
Washington Post||'Riveting, brilliant and emotionally rich . . . Dense with fully realized characters, startling images, original observations and revelatory truths, this masterpiece engages the reader's heart and mind as it captures both the complexities of racial and gender identity in the 20th century and the more intimate complexities of love in all its guises.
Kirkus||Helen Oyeyemi consolidates her position as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists 2013 with the publication of her fifth novel, a story about the perception and power of appearances and race, and their potential destructiveness . . . An enchanting and captivating book.

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A Granta Best Young British Novelist 2013

A New York Times Notable Book 2014

'Dazzling, inventive, light on her feet, Oyeyemi is unique'

Jackie Kay, Guardian Books of the Year 2014

'Quite simply a writer of sentences so elegant that they gleam'

Ali Smith, TLS Books of the Year 2014

The Whitman family has been harbouring a secret in Flax Hill for three generations. When Boy brings Bird into their lives, suddenly that secret is out in the wintery New England light.

Written with heart-rending vibrancy and eerie beauty, Boy, Snow, Bird is a sinuous story in which a mirror never shows all there is to see . . .

'Full of jeux d'esprit and lightning skies' Guardian

'You should only read Oyeyemi if you're ready to start a lifetime relationship with a writer of gorgeous, gymnastic, fairy tale-infused fiction' Flavorwire

'Astonishing' Los Angeles Times