Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi audiobook

Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel

By Helen Oyeyemi
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From the prizewinning author of Mr. Fox , the Snow White fairy tale brilliantly recast as a story of family secrets, race, beauty, and vanity. 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 light-skinned 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.

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Summary

Summary

A 2014 New York Times Notable Book

A 2014 New York Times Editor’s Choice

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014

A BookPage Best Book of 2014

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, March 2014

Selected for the March 2014 Indie Next List

From the prizewinning author of Mr. Fox , the Snow White fairy tale brilliantly recast as a story of family secrets, race, beauty, and vanity. 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 light-skinned 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This imaginative novel explores identity, race, and family, arguing in brilliant language that black, white, good, evil, beauty, and monstrosity are different sides of a single, awesome truth.” People
“Superbly inventive…Examines the thorniness of race and the poisonous ways in which vanity and envy can permeate and distort perception.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Gloriously unsettling…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 Book Review
“With her fifth novel, twenty-nine-year-old Helen Oyeyemi has fully transformed from a literary prodigy into a powerful, distinctive storyteller.” Entertainment Weekly
“The outline of [Oyeyemi’s] remarkable career glimmers with pixie dust...Her latest novel, Boy, Snow, Bird, continues on this bewitching path, winding along the forest of make-believe…Under Oyeyemi’s spell, the fairy-tale conceit makes a brilliant setting in which to explore the alchemy of racism, the weird ways in which identity can be transmuted in an instant—from beauty to beast or vice versa.” Washington Post
“Riveting, brilliant, and emotionally rich retelling of Snow White…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 Reviews (starred review)

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Reviews

by isabella b 9/13/2017
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good book

A DIFFRENT PERSPECTIVE ON RACE AND THE JOURNEY OF PEOPLE OF COLOR. I enjoyed this book very much but the ending was too abrupt as if the writer got tired and ended it right there and then. unless she plans to write book two

Author

Author Bio: Helen Oyeyemi

Author Bio: Helen Oyeyemi

Helen Oyeyemi was born in Nigeria and raised in London. She is the author of The Icarus Girl, which was completed before her nineteenth birthday, The Opposite House, which was a nominee for the 2008 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and White Is for Witching, which won the 2010 Somerset Maugham Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 9.33
Audience: Adult
Language: English