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White is for Witching

White is for Witching

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Book Overview: White is for Witching

There's something strange about the Silver family house in the closed-off town of Dover, England. Grand and cavernous with hidden passages and buried secrets, it's been home to four generations of Silver women--Anna, Jennifer, Lily, and now Miranda, who has lived in the house with her twin brother, Eliot, ever since their father converted it to a bed-and-breakfast. The Silver women have always had a strong connection, a pull over one another that reaches across time and space, and when Lily, Miranda's mother, passes away suddenly while on a trip abroad, Miranda begins suffering strange ailments. An eating disorder starves her. She begins hearing voices. When she brings a friend home, Dover's hostility toward outsiders physically manifests within the four walls of the Silver house, and the lives of everyone inside are irrevocably changed. At once an unforgettable mystery and a meditation on race, nationality, and family legacies, White is for Witching is a boldly original, terrifying, and elegant novel by a prodigious talent.

Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award
One of Granta's Best Young British Novelists
From the acclaimed author of What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, Gingerbread, and Peaces

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"[Oyeyemi] makes us glad to suspend disbelief."
-- The New York Times Book Review

"Profoundly chilling . . . a slow-building neo-Gothic that will leave persevering readers breathless."
-- The Boston Globe

"If you've been missing Shirley Jackson all these many years . . . here's a writer who seems to be a direct heir to that lamented one's gothic throne."
-- The Austin Chronicle

"Superbly atmospheric. . . . The dark tones of Poe in her haunting have also the elasticity of Haruki Murakami's surreal mental landscapes."
-- The Independent (UK)

"[Oyeyemi's] technical skill as a novelist is remarkable, her range of reference formidable and her use of language virtuosic."
-- The Daily Telegraph (UK)

"Appealing from page one.... Unconventional, intoxicating and deeply disquieting."
-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Laced with thought-provoking story lines."
-- Booklist

Helen Oyeyemi is an acclaimed British-Nigerian author who is celebrated for her exploration of social and racial themes through masterfully woven stories and fable-like narratives. Born in Nigeria in 1984 and raised in London, she burst onto the literary scene with her debut novel, "The Icarus Girl,” written while she was studying for her A-Levels. The success of the novel paved the way for a prolific writing career, highlighted by titles such as "White is for Witching," "Mr. Fox," and "Boy, Snow, Bird," all of which helped reinforce her standing as one of the most innovative authors of her generation. Oyeyemi's work is recognized for its intricacy, imaginative plotlines, and the ingenious way she blends reality with elements of magical realism. Her undeniable talent has earned her many accolades including the Somerset Maugham Award for "White is for Witching" in 2010. She has been shortlisted twice for the Shirley Jackson Award and was included in the Granta's Best of Young British Novelists in 2013, which recognized the 20 most promising young authors in Britain. On top of her well-received novels, Oyeyemi has also made a mark in other literary forms such as short-stories and plays. Her collection, "What Is Not Yours is Not Yours," won the PEN Open Book Award in 2017. In spite of her young age, the fusion of craft, creativity, and commentary in her body of work has positioned Helen Oyeyemi as a significant voice in contemporary literature. Her work continues to captivate, challenging readers to rethink societal norms and explore complex human experiences.

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