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Boy, Snow, Bird | [Helen Oyeyemi]

Boy, Snow, Bird

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2014 Helen Oyeyemi (P)2014 Recorded Books

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    M. Barbera PA 04-25-14
    M. Barbera PA 04-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "For Literary Lovers"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Boy, Snow, Bird to be better than the print version?

    I can only guess that the audio version is more entertaining than the print due to the quality of voice performance versus silently reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The parallels to Snow White and the subtlety of language.


    What about Susan Bennett and Carra Patterson ’s performance did you like?

    I loved the New York accents!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were some parts that I laughed out loud at, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved that Boy's father was named The Ratcatcher. It was a fun book to read, but there are so many things to appreciate about the literature and craft of writing that it was not just pleasure reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Atlanta, GA 03-29-14
    Amazon Customer Atlanta, GA 03-29-14 Member Since 2003

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    "Part 1 excellent, Part 2 so-so, Part 3 very good"

    I'm torn about rating this book because of the inconsistency in both writing and narration. Boy is the mother, Snow is the step daughter and Bird is the daughter. Part 1 (Susan Bennett), mostly about Boy, is amazingly written and Bennett's narration is exceptional. Part 2 (Carra Patterson) is about Snow and Bird and not sure what else is going on there. Part 2 didn't seem to fit to me, not as compelling and the narration was so-so at best. Part 3 (Susan Bennett) is back to Boy, and includes Snow and Bird. Again the writing is not as exceptional as Part 1, but the twist at the end and the understanding that comes over Boy makes up for it. I highly recommend it assuming you don't mind skimming through Part 2.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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