From the prizewinning author of Mr. Fox , 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.
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"An unusual audiobook deserves distinctive performers, and this one deserves a blue ribbon for its fascinating efforts on both fronts. After a striking opener involving a rat catcher and a daring escape, Susan Bennett, as Boy, the first narrator, grabs the listener and never lets go, for better or worse. BennettÕs tone has a paradoxically vulnerable edge that suits the character. Later, BoyÕs daughter, Bird, takes over the story, and narrator Carra Patterson has her turn to shine. Both performers create vibrant, memorable voices for their characters as the twists of the story wind beguilingly into oneÕs ears, demanding oneÕs full attention. The story itself has strengths and weakness, but the audiobook is certainly worth a listen. L.B.F. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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