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What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by [Oyeyemi, Helen]
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From School Library Journal

Keys are central to the short stories in this collection; they can either open or lock away something of significance for the characters. All of the tales are intertwined with themes of search and possible retrieval, which will draw young adult readers into worlds that are sometimes secretive and sometimes elusive; they will be able to easily identify with that search of self that so often comes with adolescence. The characters are relatable to YA readers, from the young woman looking for her long-lost mother and heritage to the hopeful music fan wanting to find the best in a broken artist. These worlds and characters are complex and passionate, and readers will find themselves longing for more once the stories end. Even though the settings are quite strange (a locked library, a city of stopped clocks, a marshland of the drowned), there's a complexity here and the brilliant prose gently pulls readers in, encouraging them to identify with the characters. VERDICT A must-add to libraries, this work will appeal to fans of literary fiction.—April Sanders, Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL

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Praise for What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours:

“Magical and show stopping.” —Elle.com

“Stunning. . .  Highly imaginative and enchanting. . .  This collection is Oyeyemi at her best.” —Buzzfeed, Included in "Most Exciting Books Coming in 2016"
 
“Enchanting.” —BookRiot
 
“These nine casually interlocking stories. . . overflow with the cerebral humor and fantastical plots that readers have come to expect from Oyeyemi.” —Kirkus (starred)


Praise for Boy, Snow, Bird:
 
“Gloriously unsettling . . . The greatest joy of reading Oyeyemi will always be style: jagged and capricious at moments, lush and rippled at others, always singular, like the voice-over of a fever dream.” —The New York Times Book Review
 
“Superbly inventive . . . examines the thorniness of race and the poisonous ways in which vanity and envy can permeate and distort perception.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
 
“By transforming ‘Snow White’ into a tale that hinges on race and cultural ideas about beauty . . . Oyeyemi finds a new, raw power in the classic. In her hands, the story is about secrets and lies, mothers and daughters, lost sisters and the impossibility of seeing oneself or being seen in a brutally racist world. . . . [Oyeyemi] elegantly and inventively turns a classic fairy tale inside out.” —Los Angeles Times
 
“The outline of Oyeyemi’s remarkable career glimmers with pixie dust. . . . The atmosphere of fantasy lingers over these pages like some intoxicating incense.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post
 
Praise for Mr. Fox:
 
“Oyeyemi has an eye for the gently perverse, the odd detail that turns the ordinary marvelously, frighteningly strange.” —The Boston Globe
 
“Startling, beautiful . . . [Mr. Fox] should not be ignored.” —Chicago Sun-Times

Product details

  • File Size: 2641 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books (March 8, 2016)
  • Publication Date: March 8, 2016
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ZQH30P4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,518 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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