Boy, Snow, Bird (Paperback)
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Boy, Snow, Bird (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 10/09/2015
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Exploring questions of race and identity, Oyeyemi’s haunting retelling of the Snow White fairy-tale paints a vibrant, emotionally rich portrait of three women, the strange bond between them and the secrets that simmer under the veneer of family life.

The fifth novel from award-winning author Helen Oyeyemi, named one of Granta's best young British novelists. A retelling of the Snow White myth, Boy, Snow, Bird is a deeply moving novel about an unbreakable bond.

Boy: Novak turns twenty and decides to try for a brand-new life. Flax Hill, Massachusetts, isn't exactly a welcoming town, but it does have the virtue of being the last stop on the bus route she took from New York. Flax Hill is also the hometown of Arturo Whitman - craftsman, widower, and father of Snow.

Snow is mild-mannered, radiant and deeply cherished - exactly the sort of little girl Boy never was, and Boy is utterly beguiled by her. If Snow displays a certain inscrutability at times, that's simply a characteristic she shares with her father, harmless until Boy gives birth to Snow's sister, Bird.

When Bird is born Boy is forced to re-evaluate the image Arturo's family have presented to her, and Boy, Snow and Bird are broken apart.

Sparkling with wit and vibrancy, Boy, Snow, Bird is a 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.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447237143
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 222 g
Dimensions: 196 x 132 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'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.' - The 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 

'One of my favourite books this year is Boy, Snow, Birdby Helen Oyeyemi. It is a modern version of the Snow White fairy tale and challenges the origins of meaning.' - Jenni Fagan, 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 

'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.' - Independent 

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“A MUST READ!”

On the surface of this AMAZING story we see the lives of three highly individualistic women inextricably entwined. First there is Boy, who escapes her abusive home in New York in search of beauty. Then we have Snow,... More

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“a modern fairy tale on racial issues”

Boy, Snow, Bird is a fairy tale. To be honest I did not realise I had been reading a fairy tale. It might be my fault that I did not get the clues: a girl called Snow, mirrors and Bird being able to talk to animals.... More

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