White is for Witching: Book summary and reviews of White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

White is for Witching

by Helen Oyeyemi

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White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2009
    240 pages
    Genre: Novels

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As a child, Miranda Silver developed pica, a rare eating disorder that causes its victims to consume nonedible substances. The death of her mother when Miranda is sixteen exacerbates her condition; nothing, however, satisfies a strange hunger passed down through the women in her family. And then there's the family house in Dover, England, converted to a bed-and-breakfast by Miranda's father. Dover has long been known for its hostility toward outsiders. But the Silver House manifests a more conscious malice toward strangers, dispatching those visitors it despises. Enraged by the constant stream of foreign staff and guests, the house finally unleashes its most destructive power.

With distinct originality and grace, and an extraordinary gift for making the fantastic believable, Helen Oyeyemi spins the politics of family and nation into a riveting and unforgettable mystery.

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"Starred Review. Unconventional, intoxicating and deeply disquieting." - Publishers Weekly

"In all, a challenging read laced with thought-provoking story lines that end, like Miranda's fate, mysteriously." - Booklist

"Oyeyemi is a writer who moves easily between the literary, the demotic and the supernatural…. She is sharply amusing on the strangeness of the ordinary world…. Already her technical skill as a novelist is remarkable, her range of reference formidable and her use of language virtuosic." - The Daily Telegraph (UK)

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Helen Oyeyemi Author Biography

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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. While studying social and political sciences at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, Oyeyemi saw two of her plays, Juniper's Whitening and Victimese, performed by fellow students to critical acclaim, and subsequently published by Methuen.

She is the author of six novels, including White is for Witching, which won a 2010 Somerset Maugham Award, and Mr Fox, which won a 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.

In 2013, she was named one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists.

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Helen Oyeyemi: ooo-yee-yemi

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