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Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi


Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi
Mar 05, 2019 | 272 Pages
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Praise for Gingerbread:

“Oyeyemi takes the familiar contours of a children’s tale and twists it into something completely new, unsettling, and uncanny…. The effect is heady, surreal, and disarming—you have to be willing to surrender to Oyeyemi’s vision and the delicious twists and turns of her prose. Oyeyemi fans will likely be charmed. New readers will wonder what on Earth they’ve discovered. A strange, shape-shifting novel about the power of making your own family.”—Kirkus Reviews,  starred review
“In Oyeyemi’s idiosyncratically brilliant latest (following Boy, Snow, Bird), she spins a tale about three generations of women and the gingerbread recipe that is their curse and their legacy…. Oyeyemi excels at making the truly astounding believable and turning even the most familiar tales into something strange and new. This fantastic and fantastical romp is a wonderful addition to her formidable canon.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Beguiling.”—Buzzfeed Books

“[Gingerbread] has the tinge of the folkloric to it: There are family feuds, a childhood friend named Gretel, and many more archetypal touchstones. Tying this all together is Oyeyemi’s deft hand, virtuosic lyricism, and graceful ability to find transcendence in all aspects of life, sweet and spicy alike.”—Nylon

Gingerbread is the story’s metaphorical core, both sweet and spicy, simple and yet it is the hook for much strange and bizarrely haunting children’s folklore, and Oyeyemi manages to make something just as complicated and delicious; her prose is not without its bite.”—Vogue

“Helen Oyeyemi never disappoints, and she’s done it again. Gingerbread…is her best work yet.”—HelloGiggles

Gingerbread looks set to bring more of her inventiveness and wit to a fairytale element—gingerbread, of course—that holds a mysterious place in children’s literature.”—Literary Hub

“Oyeyemi’s trademark imagination makes for an enchanting, unreal story about legacy and birthright.”—Esquire

“Oyeyemi’s latest is a clever subversion of fairy tale tropes to expose the secrets, entanglements, and estrangements within a family…Both a scathing indictment of capitalism and a tribute to the maddeningly inescapable endurance of family bonds, this enchanting tale will resonate with literary fiction lovers.” – Booklist

“[A] rollicking tale from the wildly inventive Oyeyemi.” – Library Journal

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