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White is for Witching

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Written by Helen OyeyemiAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Helen Oyeyemi

  • Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
  • Publisher: Nan A. Talese
  • On Sale: June 23, 2009
  • Price: $25.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-385-52605-0 (0-385-52605-9)
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Miranda is at homehomesick, 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.

“Appealing from page one. . . . Unconventional, intoxicating and deeply disquieting.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Oyeyemi’s third mystical novel weaves a tale of four generations of women and the house in Dover, England, they've inhabited-a vengeful, Gothic edifice that has always rejected strangers. . . . Oyeyemi’s style is as enigmatic as her plot…. In all, a challenging read laced with thought-provoking story lines that end, like Miranda's fate, mysteriously.” —Booklist

“Oyeyemi is a writer who moves easily between the literary, the demotic and the supernatural. . . . She is sharply amusing on the strangeness of the ordinary world. . . . Already her technical skill as a novelist is remarkable, her range of reference formidable and her use of language virtuosic.” —The Daily Telegraph

“A weirdly compelling mix of modern gothic, matriarchal magic and coming-of-age tale that weaves the supernatural and mother-daughter relations deep into its fabric.” —Financial Times

“To say that Helen Oyeyemi is one smart cookie is a bit like saying the Honey Monster is rather fond of Sugar Puffs. At an age when most teenagers are content to cultivate love bites and scribble initials on pencil cases she burst on to the literary scene with her dazzling debut novel The Icarus Girl. Jaws dropped once more . . . when the Nigerian-born wunderkind followed it up with the equally acclaimed The Opposite House. Now, at the age of just 24, the prolific and precocious Cambridge graduate has published a third work. . . . There are spine-chilling moments in White Is For Witching. . . . There is no doubt that Oyeyemi is a formidable talent.” —The Scotsman

“Cleverly, Oyeyemi engineers the narrative so that the novel reflects not only a teenager’s solipsism but also her furious energy and capacity to attract harm. . . . The language is rich; ideas proliferate; myth and story tangle together luxuriantly.” —The Times (UK)