From the award-winning author of Boy, Snow, Bird and Mr. Fox comes an enchanting collection of intertwined stories. Playful, ambitious, and exquisitely imagined, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours is cleverly built around the idea of keys, literal and metaphorical. The key to a house, the key to a heart, the key to a secret-Oyeyemi's keys not only unlock elements of her characters' lives, they promise further labyrinths on the other side. In "Books and Roses" one special key opens a library, a garden, and clues to at least two lovers' fates. In "Is Your Blood as Red as This?" an unlikely key opens the heart of a student at a puppeteering school. "'Sorry' Doesn't Sweeten Her Tea" involves a "house of locks," where doors can be closed only with a key-with surprising, unobservable developments. And in "If a Book Is Locked There's Probably a Good Reason for That Don't You Think," a key keeps a mystical diary locked (for good reason). Oyeyemi's creative vision and storytelling are effervescent, wise, and insightful, and her tales span multiple times and landscapes as they tease boundaries between coexisting realities. Is a key a gate, a gift, or an invitation? What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours captivates as it explores the many possible answers.
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"Ann Marie Gideon, Pieter Marek, and Bahni Turpin effortlessly adopt the voices of the narrators in each of these stories, despite their widely diverse plots and characters. Gideon lends the air of a fairy tale to "Books and Roses," which chronicles the adventures of a pair of estranged Spanish lovers. She also expertly captures the urgency of adolescent love in "Is Your Blood as Red as This?", in which a young girl vies for the heart of a talented puppeteer. Similarly, a stepfather's insecurities and an arsonist's delusions come across equally well in Marek's narrations of "Sorry Doesn't Sweeten Her Tea" and "Freddy Barendoff Checks In?" The adaptability of all three narrators enhances the effect of the stories' shared plot elements. M.F.R. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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