What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

3.63 based on 4594 ratings & 834 reviews on Goodreads.com

Publication date: 21.04.2016
ISBN: 9781447299400
Number of pages: 0


'Pure, sensuous enjoyment' The Times

The stories collected in What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours are linked by more than the exquisitely winding prose of their creator: Helen Oyeyemi's ensemble cast of characters slip from the pages of their own stories only to surface in another.

The reader is invited into a world of lost libraries and locked gardens, of marshlands where the drowned dead live and a city where all the clocks have stopped; students hone their skills at puppet school, the Homely Wench Society commits a guerrilla book-swap, and lovers exchange books and roses on St Jordi's Day.

It is a collection of towering imagination, marked by baroque beauty and a deep sensuousness.

In the media

Dizzying, baffling, and beguiling . . . unruly in the best way, drawing on pre-modern modes of story-telling (fairy tales, Boccaccio, The Arabian Nights) to show they've lost none of their power in the present
This is a truly exceptional work of fiction, by a writer we should be delirious to have as a contemporary.
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours illustrates the necessity and power of private, written confessions.
New Yorker