Books by Helen Oyeyemi

HELEN OYEYEMI was born in Nigeria in 1984, and has lived in London from the age of four. She completed The Icarus Girl, her first novel, just before her nineteenth birthday. She is in her second year at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Her first play, J

BOY, SNOW, BIRD by Helen Oyeyemi
Released: March 6, 2014

"Dense with fully realized characters, startling images, original observations and revelatory truths, this masterpiece engages the reader's heart and mind as it captures both the complexities of racial and gender identity in the 20th century and the more intimate complexities of love in all its guises."
Readers who found British author Oyeyemi's Mr. Fox (2011) an intellectual tour de force, but emotionally chilly, will be won over by this riveting, brilliant and emotionally rich retelling of "Snow White" set in 1950s New England. Read full book review >
MR. FOX by Helen Oyeyemi
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"The language is crystalline and the images startling, but forget any resemblance to linear logic in what is ultimately a treatise on love (with a clever borrowing from Cappelanus' 12th century The Art of Courtly Love), on male subjugation of women and on the creative experience."
Postmodernist, meta-fictional riffs on classic tales, especially fairy tales, in which women die violently in the name of love, from Nigerian/British wunderkind Oyeyemi (The Icarus Girl, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
THE ICARUS GIRL by Helen Oyeyemi
Released: June 21, 2005

"Not enough consistent magic in this extended metaphor on cultural, social and psychological conflict."
A mixed-race eight-year-old girl is haunted by her imaginary friend, family secrets and the two cultures she inhabits. Read full book review >