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Helen Oyeyemi

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Helen Oyeyemi is a British novelist. She graduated from Cambridge University in 2006, has written a total of seven books (lucky seven!) and lives in Prague with an ever-increasing number of teapots.

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Average rating: 3.46 · 35,958 ratings · 6,075 reviews · 19 distinct works · Similar authors
Boy, Snow, Bird

3.33 avg rating — 18,596 ratings — published 2013 — 23 editions
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Mr. Fox

3.58 avg rating — 5,713 ratings — published 2011 — 20 editions
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What is Not Yours is Not Yours

3.63 avg rating — 4,399 ratings — published 2016 — 13 editions
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White is for Witching

3.61 avg rating — 3,431 ratings — published 2009 — 18 editions
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The Icarus Girl

3.58 avg rating — 2,809 ratings — published 2005 — 30 editions
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The Opposite House

3.36 avg rating — 503 ratings — published 2007 — 15 editions
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Juniper's Whitening: AND Vi...

3.58 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 2005 — 2 editions
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Thus Were Their Faces: Sele...

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Short Stories

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Ploughshares Summer 2015

4.05 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 2015
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March 2016, Helen Oyeyemi
"The imaginative author of Boy, Snow, Bird returns with a new collection of interlocking stories, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, about the power and mystery of keys." ...More

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“Solitary people, these book lovers. I think it's swell that there are people you don't have to worry about when you don't see them for a long time, you don't have to wonder what they do, how they're getting along with themselves. You just know that they're all right, and probably doing something they like.”
Helen Oyeyemi, Mr. Fox

“Please tell a story about a girl who gets away.”
I would, even if I had to adapt one, even if I had to make one up just for her. “Gets away from what, though?”
“From her fairy godmother. From the happy ending that isn’t really happy at all. Please have her get out and run off the page altogether, to somewhere secret where words like ‘happy’ and ‘good’ will never find her.”
“You don’t want her to be happy and good?”
“I’m not sure what’s really meant by happy and good. I would like her to be free. Now. Please begin.”
Helen Oyeyemi, White is for Witching

“Imagine having a mother who worries that you read too much. The question is, what is it that's supposed to happen to people who read too much? How can you tell when someone's crossed the line.”
Helen Oyeyemi, Boy, Snow, Bird



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