What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

3.62 based on 4348 ratings & 800 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

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

Synopsis

'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

Witty and tender . . . simple and beautiful . . . hers is a rare talent
Guardian
What is Not Yours is Not Yours is like a charmed set of Russian dolls: spellbound, we are gripped by the seamlessly joined stories unfolding from-and into-one another, as we wait for Oyeyemi to reach for her next bit of magic.
Londonist
Occasionally gothic, sometimes fantastical, always captivating.
Radio Times