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White Is for Witching (Hardcover)

Author:  Helen Oyeyemi
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0385526059
ISBN-13: 9780385526050
Sku: 210597428
Publish Date: 6/23/2009
Pages:  227
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With distinct originality and grace, and an extraordinary gift for making the fantastic believable, Oyeyemi spins the politics of family and nation into a riveting and unforgettable tale.
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Suffering an acute form of pica throughout her youth that is exacerbated by her mother's death, sixteen-year-old Miranda helps to run the family bed-and-breakfast while witnessing her community's hostilities toward outsiders, a malice that erupts in violent and destructive ways.

At only twenty-three years of age, Helen Oyeyemi returns with her third novel: a mesmerizing neo-gothic tale about a young woman with an uncertain legacy that recalls the emotional depth of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go and the delicious eeriness of Neil Gaiman.


"Miranda is at home-homesick, home sick..."

As a child, Miranda Silver developed pica, a rare eating disorder that causes its victims to consume nonedible substances. The death of her mother when Miranda is sixteen exacerbates her condition; nothing, however, satisfies a strange hunger passed down through the women in her family. And then there's the family house in Dover, England, converted to a bed-and-breakfast by Miranda's father. Dover has long been known for its hostility toward outsiders. But The Silver House manifests a more conscious malice toward strangers, dispatching those visitors it despises. Enraged by the constant stream of foreign staff and guests, the house finally unleashes its most destructive power.

With distinct originality and grace, and an extraordinary gift for making the fantastic believable, Helen Oyeyemi spins the politics of family and nation into a riveting and unforgettable mystery.

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In her compulsive and creepy third novel, Helen Oyeyemi combines elements of Caribbean folklore with the tradition of the English gothic tradition to eerie effect. Miranda Silver ("Miri") is a 16-year-old girl of Haitian descent living in a Dover mansion haunted by the ghosts ("soucouyants") of past residents, including her grandmother, and her recently murdered mother. In addition to the supernatural hauntings, Miri is possessed by the psychological disorder "pica," which compels her to eat non-edible substances: chalk, plastic cutlery, etc. Told through a multitude of overlapping narrative voices, including the ravenous voice of the house itself, WHITE IS FOR WITCHING powerfully conjures the twisted interplay of culture and family history within the mind of a troubled young woman.

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"The most chilling horror is the everyday one. The calm, slow suicide. The complacent murderer. The monster that believes in nothing so much as its own moral compass. In her third, profoundly chilling novel, Helen Oyeyemi gives readers all three for a slow-building neo-Gothic that will leave persevering readers breathless." - Clea Simon 06/20/2009

"Oyeyemi has an eye for detail and a talent for metaphor....[H]er language...has a raw brilliance, and she allows her story to develop with a fine sensitivity to tempo." - Kate Maltby 07/17/2009

"[A] delightfully unconventional coming-of-age story....Oyeyemi clearly appreciates that some crimes...are so heinous that the conventions of realist fiction seem woefully inadequate to describe them. She makes us glad to suspend disbelief." - Andrew Ervin 09/13/2009

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0227
Product attributePublisher:   Nan A. Talese
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