The Opposite House by Helen Oyeyemi
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The Opposite House Summary
Maja was five years old when her black Cuban family emigrated from the Caribbean to London. Now, almost twenty years later, Maja is a singer, in love with Aaron, pregnant, and haunted by what she calls her Cuba. Growing up in London, she has struggled to negotiate her history and the sense that speaking Spanish or English made her less of a black girl. But she is unable to find herself in the Ewe, Igbo, or Akum of her roots. It seems all thats left is silence.
Meanwhile distance from Cuba has only deepened Majas mother faith in Santeria the fusion of Catholicism and Western African Yoruba religionbut it also divides the family as her father rails against his wifes superstitions and the lost dreams of the Castro revolution.
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"[T]he novel's lyrical and stylistic experimentation speaks to Oyeyemi's depth of talent." - PW.
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Helen Oyeyemi Author Biography
Helen Oyeyemi was born in Nigeria in 1984 and has lived in London from the age of four. She completed The Icarus Girl just before her nineteenth birthday, while studying for her A-levels. She is now a student of social and political sciences at Cambridge University. She has written two plays, Juniper's Whitening and Victimese. She has since written two more novels, The Opposite House and White is for Witching.
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