From the prizewinning
author of Mr. Fox comes the Snow White fairy tale brilliantly recast as
a story of family secrets, race, beauty, and vanity.
In 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 Whitman. A 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 hold.
Dazzlingly inventive and
powerfully moving, Boy, Snow, Bird is an astonishing and enchanting
novel. With breathtaking feats of imagination, Helen Oyeyemi confirms her place
as one of the most original and dynamic literary voices of our time. Download and start listening now!