Boy, Snow, Bird

3.33 based on 17082 ratings & 2886 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 27.02.2014
ISBN: 9781447237150
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

The fifth novel from award-winning author Helen Oyeyemi, named one of Granta's best 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.

In the media

Boy, Snow, Bird is my favourite Helen Oyeyemi book to date. Dazzling, inventive, light on her feet, Oyeyemi's voice is distinctive, unique
Guardian
One of my favourite books this year is Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi. It is a modern version of the Snow White fairy tale and challenges the origins of meaning.
The Herald
Oyeyemi continues her serious inquiry into the novel's potential and into what happens when you shake an old story into an otherwise unimaginable time, setting, shape and relevance. To me she is one of our most exciting, witty and questioning novelists as well as quite simply a writer of sentences so elegant that they gleam
Times Literary Supplement