Annotations for Boy, Snow, Bird


Baker & Taylor
"A reimagining of the Snow White story set in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s"--

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Baker & Taylor
"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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Baker & Taylor
A modern reimagining of the Snow White fairy tale follows the experiences of a woman who marries a Massachusetts single father and succumbs to vanity when the birth of her baby reveals her husband to be a light-skinned African American.

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Baker & Taylor
A modern reimagining of the Snow White fairy tale follows the experiences of a woman who marries a mid-20th-century Massachusetts single father and succumbs to vanity when the birth of her baby reveals her husband to be a light-skinned African American. By the award-winning author of White Is for Witching.

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Penguin Putnam
As seen on the cover of the New York Times Book Review, where it was described as ?gloriously unsettling? evoking Toni Morrison, Haruki Murakami, Angela Carter, Edgar Allan Poe, Gabriel García Márquez, Chris Abani and even Emily Dickinson," and already one of the year's most widely acclaimed novels:

?Helen Oyeyemi has fully transformed from a literary prodigy into a powerful, distinctive storyteller?Transfixing and surprising."?Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A)

?I don't care what the magic mirror says; Oyeyemi is the cleverest in the land?daring and unnerving? 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." ? Ron Charles, The Washington Post

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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