White Is for Witching (Paperback)

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You know a book is good when you and your friend (who also loved it) argue about whether or not the ending was happy. This is my most-loaned and most-gifted book, and it's nearly perfect: gorgeously written, formally experimental, spooky, queer, built of stories within stories. The kind of book you finish and immediately want to re-read, to find all the little things you missed the first time. I recently had the occasion to ask Oyeyemi what she thinks, and she thinks the end is happy. I do too.

— From Lauren


Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award
One of Granta's Best Young British Novelists
From the acclaimed author of Boy, Snow, Bird
There's something strange about the Silver family house in the closed-off town of Dover, England. Grand and cavernous with hidden passages and buried secrets, it's been home to four generations of Silver women--Anna, Jennifer, Lily, and now Miranda, who has lived in the house with her twin brother, Eliot, ever since their father converted it to a bed-and-breakfast. The Silver women have always had a strong connection, a pull over one another that reaches across time and space, and when Lily, Miranda's mother, passes away suddenly while on a trip abroad, Miranda begins suffering strange ailments. An eating disorder starves her. She begins hearing voices. When she brings a friend home, Dover's hostility toward outsiders physically manifests within the four walls of the Silver house, and the lives of everyone inside are irrevocably changed. At once an unforgettable mystery and a meditation on race, nationality, and family legacies, White is for Witching is a boldly original, terrifying, and elegant novel by a prodigious talent.

About the Author

Helen Oyeyemi is the author of five novels, most recently White Is for Witching, which won a 2010 Somerset Maugham Award, Mr. Fox, which won a 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and Boy, Snow, Bird. In 2013, she was named one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists. She lives in Prague.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781594633072
ISBN-10: 159463307X
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: February 4th, 2014
Pages: 283
Language: English