The 10 books you need to read this spring: Boy, Snow, Bird


Helen Oyeyemi brings the classic fairy tale Snow White to 1950s New York City with her latest novel, Boy, Snow, Bird. Boy is the wicked stepmother, Snow is the stepdaughter and Bird is Boy's own daughter -- one whose birth reveals a startling family secret. Oyeyemi spins an enchanting tale about race, beauty, power and secrets. Boy, Snow, Bird is Oyeyemi's fifth novel and it takes her from being a "writer to watch" to a writer that's truly arrived -- and is here to stay.

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An excerpt from Boy, Snow, Bird:

Nobody ever warned me about mirrors, so for many years I was fond of them, and believed them to be trustworthy. I'd hide myself away inside them, setting two mirrors up to face each other so that when I stood between them I was infinitely reflected in either direction. Many, many me's. When I stood on tiptoe, we all stood on tiptoe, trying to see the first of us, and the last. The effect was dizzying, a vast pulse, not quite alive, more like the working of an automaton. I felt the reflection at my shoulder like a touch. I was on the most familiar terms with her, same as any other junior dope too lonely to be selective about the company she keeps.

Excerpted from Boy, Snow, bird. Copyright © 2014 Helen Oyeyemi. Published by Hamish Hamilton Canada. All rights reserved.

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