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kindle Û Boy Snow Bird 308 pages Í hannahredhead ´ BOY Novak turns twenty 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—craftsmanBOY Novak turns twenty 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 radi Once upon a time there was a girl who left her home and traveled to a cold land far far away Sometimes she was very sad and once she fell down a dark well and no one knew if she would get out but she did She wrote a book and sold it for a pot of gold People said “Surely she is one of the best young writers in the realm” and she wrote happily ever afterThat fairy tale version of Helen Oyeyemi’s life is hard to resist The Nigerian born British writer has wrestled with cultural dislocation and severe depression but the outline of her remarkable career glimmers with pixie dust Since writing “The Icarus Girl” — before she was 20 — she’s dazzled critics with stories laced with myth magic and legendHer latest novel “Boy Snow Bird” continues on this bewitching path winding along the edge of the forest of make believe “Nobody ever warned me about mirrors” begins a 15 year old girl named Boy She’s the only child of a grotesuely violent father who catches rats for a living Their lives are colored by the nightmarish hues of folk tales but rooted in the real life details of Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the late 1940s As opposed to the surrealism of Aimee Bender Oyeyemi seems determined to maintain a kind of magical deniability When she mentions giants or unicorns or talking spiders she’s only speaking metaphorically — right? — but the atmosphere of fantasy lingers over these pages like some intoxicating incenseJust as the story starts to vibrate between Grimm fairy tale and grim child abuse Boy runs away to a town in Massachusetts called Flax Hill where “people make beautiful things” Among these artists and artisans she finds an apartment picks up odd jobs and eventually starts working at a thriving bookstore How’s that for a fantasy Her new friends are other young women starting careers and looking for husbands — a life just as plain and earthbound as you please But catch that teasing scent of the fantastical wafting back in At the town bakery the little figures on top of the wedding cakes smile “the kind smile that suggested dark magic was afoot” And Boy recalling a walk home from a date says “One of the bigger houses had brambles growing up the front of it in snakelike vines The smell of baking chocolate chip cookies aside it looked like a house you could start fanciful rumors about ‘Well a princess has been asleep there for hundreds of years’ ” And then as though invoked by Boy’s allusion a little girl appears holding “a large cookie in each hand and in the pockets of her dress   I just said ‘Hi Snow’ as if we’d met before when of course we hadn’t and I kept going kept my gaze fixed on the road ahead of me ‘Scared’ doesn’t even really describe it I almost crossed myself I felt like the evil eye had fallen upon us both”That pretty motherless girl living in the forest is named Snow Whitman which I feared might be the start of some fey restaging of “Snow White” heigh ho heigh ho to allegory we go “Boy Snow Bird” is less sentimental than Eowyn Ivey’s “The Snow Child” a faithful fairy tale reimagining that was a finalist for last year’s Pulitzer Prize in fiction But I don’t care what the magic mirror says; Oyeyemi is the cleverest in the land As this story develops Boy finds herself cast as the wicked stepmother and her relationship to Snow stirs up old misgivings about her own beauty and value Can Boy ever recover from her father’s savage insistence that she’s secretly evil? Can she ever learn to trust a little girl who “looks like a friend to woodland creatures”? Is there something manufactured something manipulative about Snow’s “radiant innocent virtue”? With such uestions Oyeyemi aggravates our anxieties about maternal jealousy and the limits of parental love subjects we’ve been trained from childhood to consider in black and whiteAs civil rights protests burn across distant parts of the country Flax Hill maintains its flinty New England demeanor But this novel about a white town in Massachusetts is not nearly so monochromatic as it first appears Keep an eye out for stray references to Emmett Till “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” and those smart black kids who hang out in Boy’s bookstore Oyeyemi proves herself a daring and unnerving writer about race This isn’t one earnest novel to reward white liberals for their enlightenment Insert your favorite bookclub title here “Boy Snow Bird” wants to draw us into the dark woods of America’s racial consciousness where fantasies of purity and contamination still lurk Under Oyeyemi’s spell the fairy tale conceit makes a brilliant setting in which to explore the alchemy of racism the weird ways in which identity can be transmuted in an instant — from beauty to beast or vice versaBeware what you read about this deceptive and deceptively simple story Granta published an excerpt last year that gives nothing away The plot turns on a few surprising revelations that will be easily crushed by careless summaries — like I’m sorry to note the one on this dust jacket The book is pocked by the same lacunae that make ancient stories so unsettling Admittedly its thematic murkiness will strike some readers as frustrating But while staying rooted in a largely modern realistic setting Oyeyemi captures that unresolvable strangeness in the original fairy tales that later editors — from Grimm to Disney — sanded away As Boy says “No revelation is immediate not if it’s real”This is realhttpwwwwashingtonpostcomenterta

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Ant 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 On the one hand this was incredibly written and up until the last two chapters I thought it was going to make my faves of 2014 list But then we had SERIOUSLY dubious transgender issues for no discernible purpose and now I don't know how to rate this oneFive stars for almost everythingand one for really REALLY crappy handling of trans issueseditNo I'm giving this one star Because the I think about this the angry I get about it I don't see any excuse for what Oyeyemi statedimplied about trans issues and I'm not inclined to forgive her for it

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Boy Snow BirdImage Arturo’s family have presented to her and Boy Snow and Bird are broken apart Sparkling with wit and vibrancy Boy Snow Bird is a deeply moving novel about three women and the strange connection between them It confirms Helen Oyeyemi’s place as one of the most original and dynamic literary voices of her generation I found this beauty of a book in the library and just had to check it out when the cover transfixed my eyes And with already having read Oyeyemi's What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours in the previous month I was than ready to pick up this taleIn 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 WhitmanA 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 holdI feel like saying that Boy Snow Bird is a retelling of Snow White is uite confusing as it's barely that I mean sure there are some nods to the original tale however less than you would anticipate I ended up liking the book for its take on beauty vanity and raceSpeaking of I'm going to continue with the positive aspects of this book and then towards the end discuss something that really made me feel at uneaseThe positives• The writing knocked me out of the park Oyeyemi has exactly the kind of writing style I love ie specific as hellJust to share some of the love “She’s tall too tall in a way that you only really notice at certain moments The statues of Greek gods were built two and a half times the size of the average human being; I read that in a book Miss Fairfax lent me The book describes the magnification as being small enough for the figure to remain familiar but large enough to make you feel mighty strange standing near it You sense some imminent threat but common sense tells you there’s no danger so you don’t run away You keep a distance that appears to be a respectful one and you don’t run away just keep hovering on the point of doing so”Also this “Hey Bird—”“Yeah?”“Do I look forty?”“Forty years old?” I asked trying to buy time“Yes forty years old”Her eyes flicked up toward the rearview mirror I was sitting in the backseat because she doesn’t like to have anyone sitting next to her while she is driving She says it makes her feel crowded in”• Boy Snow Bird was a uick read once invested in the storyline about half way through for me• I picked this up when I really needed a distraction from real life – and it did its job perfectly• Sisterly love I LOVED how the author took the time to really develop the friendship between the two sisters Sisterhood is such an important topic for me and I always appreciate an author that tackles it with the utmost precision and love• The magical realism had me enamoured till the end• The head on discussion of race• All the relationships and people that get connected and explained towards the end thrilled me I loved how something or someone that was mentioned in the first half would reappear towards the end• I tried to keep it short but I have to include these next two uotes that have taken over my life “I’d recently come across a proverb about not speaking unless you’d thought of something that was better than silence So I kept typing” “No revelation is immediate not if it’s real I feel that and ”Ok now that I've got all the ravings out of my system onto the negatives I mainly only have one thing to discuss which is that endingSpoilers aheadThis next passage is taken from this article I found that perfectly summed up the events that were written high key problematically “In the final pages of the novel we learn that Boy’s father Frank Novak was at one point known as Frances Novak Frances was a promising graduate student doing advanced research in psychology when she was raped by an acuaintance at which point she abandoned her work and began to live as a man Unfortunately Frances became pregnant as a result of the rape and it is implied—though not stated outright—that it was in large part this confluence of circumstances that led to Frank’s brutal mistreatment of Boy When Boy learns the details of her birth she rounds up Snow and Bird and heads off for New York determined to “break the spell” holding Frances captive and thus undo the damage she herself has wrought in her dealings with Snow and BirdBased on this brief synopsis one might reach any or all of the following unfortunate conclusions1 Transgenderism is the result of trauma2 Transgenderism is something that can and should be “cured”3 Being transgender causes you to turn into an abusive sociopath and shove starving rats in your child’s face”I don't even have words for that ending This is the one time a book has left me completely speechless and not in a good way either The way Oyeyemi characterized Frankes Novak becoming Frank Novak just felt completely offensive And I'm utterly disappointed with the author for making Novak's decision seem like a plot twist that appeared in the last ten or so pages It's such a harmful take on an important and than often underrepresented topic in literature Instead I'd recommend giving Coffee Boy by Austin Chant a read for its positive trans representation by an own voices author So I'm not sure what to think of Boy Snow Bird If it weren't for that harmful representation I would've easily praised this book for its take on race but yeah tearing down one group while voicing another doesn't work for me Note I'm an Affiliate If you're interested in buying Coffee Boy just click on the image below to go through my link I'll make a small commission Support creators you love Buy a Coffee for nat bookspoils with Ko ficombookspoils