Have you been keeping your eye on new fiction? If so, you have probably noticed Boy, Snow, Bird. I had a lot of thoughts about the book, and The Stake was generous enough to publish my recent review. Please check it out!
This is my second piece for them, after contributing to their Backlist series with a review of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation.
by Levi C. Byers
“Why am I always imagining that I’m other people?” a character wonders in Helen Oyeyemi’s new novel. The author has a few tricks up her sleeve to tackle this question in Boy, Snow, Bird—but could it be she tries to play too many cards in one book?
The novel’s title is not just an evocative list of nouns: these are the names of the three main characters in the story, all of them—even Boy—female. The book opens with Boy, a white blonde twenty year-old raised by an abusive single father (the shiver-inducing “rat catcher”) who flees the big city to make a new life in the small town of Flax Hill. Here she meets the kind and attractive Arturo, a black divorcee who has a daughter named Snow. Boy is put in the position of navigating Arturo’s family, who have a high opinion of his deceased former…
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