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Helen Oyeyemi

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Helen Oyeyemi is a British novelist. She lives in Prague with an ever-increasing number of teapots, and has written nine books so far.

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Average rating: 3.44 · 71,159 ratings · 11,779 reviews · 25 distinct worksSimilar authors
Boy, Snow, Bird

3.36 avg rating — 26,712 ratings — published 2013 — 29 editions
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What is Not Yours is Not Yours

3.65 avg rating — 11,452 ratings — published 2016 — 19 editions
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Mr. Fox

3.58 avg rating — 9,035 ratings — published 2011 — 26 editions
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Gingerbread

3.06 avg rating — 10,219 ratings — published 2019 — 20 editions
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White is for Witching

3.58 avg rating — 7,719 ratings — published 2009 — 21 editions
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The Icarus Girl

3.61 avg rating — 4,203 ratings — published 2005 — 34 editions
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The Opposite House

3.34 avg rating — 797 ratings — published 2007 — 15 editions
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Juniper's Whitening / Victi...

3.48 avg rating — 42 ratings — published 2005 — 2 editions
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If A Book Is Locked There’s...

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Peaces

3.86 avg rating — 14 ratings — expected publication 2021 — 6 editions
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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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