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Boy Novak turns 20 and decides to try for a brand-new life. Flax Hill, Massachusetts, isn't exactly a welcoming town, but it does have the virtue of being the last stop on the bus route she took from New York. Flax Hill is also the hometown of Arturo Whitman - craftsman, widower and father of Snow.
Snow is mild-mannered, radiant and deeply cherished - exactly the sort of little girl Boy never was, and Boy is utterly beguiled by her. If Snow displays a certain inscrutability at times, that's simply a characteristic she shares with her father, harmless until Boy gives birth to Snow's sister, Bird.
When Bird is born, Boy is forced to re-evaluate the image Arturo's family have presented to her and Boy, Snow and Bird are broken apart.
Closing date: 15/05/2021
Publication date: 10/09/2015
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
|Publication date:||10th September 2015|
|Publisher:||Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Diverse Voices,|
|Collections:||80+ Must-read Novels by Black Writers - Black Lit Matters, 40 unmissable magic realist reads - “It’s real-life, but not as we know it”,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Helen Oyeyemi was born in Nigeria in 1984 and moved to London when she was four. She wrote her first novel, The Icarus Girl while she was still at school studying for her A levels, and she is now a student of Social and Political Sciences at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.Photograph © Mark PringleMore About Helen Oyeyemi