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Helen Oyeyemi

HELEN OYEYEMI was born in Nigeria in 1984 and raised in London. She wrote her widely acclaimed first novel, The Icarus Girl, before her nineteenth birthday; she graduated from Cambridge University in 2006. Her second novel, The Opposite House, was a nominee for the 2008 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. White is for Witching is her third novel.

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The Icarus Girl
Written by Helen Oyeyemi
Anchor | Trade Paperback | April 2006
$16.95/(Canada) | 978-1-4000-7875-2 (1-4000-7875-X)

Jessamy “Jess” Harrison, age eight, is the child of an English father and a Nigerian mother. Possessed of an extraordinary imagination, she has a hard time fitting in at school. It is only when she visits Nigeria for the first time that she makes a friend who understands her: a ragged... Read more






The Opposite House
Written by Helen Oyeyemi
Anchor | Trade Paperback | June 2008
$14.95/(Canada) | 978-1-4000-7876-9 (1-4000-7876-8)

Lyrical and intensely moving, The Opposite House explores the thin wall between myth and reality through the alternating tales of two young women. Growing up in London, Maja, a singer, always struggled to negotiate her Afro-Cuban background with her physical home. Yemaya is a Santeria emissary who lives in a mysterious... Read more






White is for Witching
Written by Helen Oyeyemi
Nan A. Talese | Hardcover | June 2009
$25.00/(Canada) | 978-0-385-52605-0 (0-385-52605-9)

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...

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