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Helen Oyeyemi

Biography

Helen Oyeyemi

Helen Oyeyemi is the author of five novels, most recently WHITE IS FOR WITCHING, which won a 2010 Somerset Maugham Award, and MR. FOX, which won a 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. In 2013, she was named one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists.

Helen Oyeyemi

Books by Helen Oyeyemi

by Helen Oyeyemi - Fiction, Historical Fiction

In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking, she believes, for beauty. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman. Elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the birth of Boy’s dark-skinned daughter, Bird, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white.