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Boy, Snow, Bird - Helen Oyeyemi

Boy, Snow, Bird - Helen Oyeyemi

Title: Boy, Snow, Bird

Author:  Helen Oyeyemi

ISBN:  9781447237136

Weight:  885g

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Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

The fifth novel from award-winning author Helen Oyeyemi, who was named in 2013 as one of Granta’s best of 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.

Peer & Press Reviews

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.


A powerful intertwining of fairytale and reality…  Boy, Snow and Bird are brilliant creation[s], 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

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.

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Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Boy, Snow, Bird
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes International Dublin Literary Award 2016 – longlist
Book Stats
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781447237136
ISBN 10 1447237137
Format Hardcover [pictorial boards], no dust jacket
Pages 308
Size (h x w x d) 222 x 160 x 30mm
Image and Design Credits
Cover illustration Joanna Thomson, Picador Art Department

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