Boy, Snow, Bird
Boy, Snow, Bird
A Novel

Recommended by Paul, City Lights Books

Named one of 2014's most anticipated books by CNN, The Huffington Post, Bookpage,, The Chicago Tribune, Vulture, Philadelphia Inquirer, Real Simple, The Millions and Flavorwire

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.

Title Boy, Snow, Bird
Subtitle A Novel
Author Helen Oyeyemi
Publisher Riverhead Books
Title First Published 10 March 2014
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 308 p.
ISBN-10 1594631395
ISBN-13 9781594631399
Publication Date 10 March 2014
Main content page count 308
Weight 32 oz.
List Price $27.95

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