The widely acclaimed novel that brilliantly recasts the Snow White fairy tale as a story of family secrets, race, beauty, and vanity.

In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking, she believes, for beauty—the opposite of the life she’s left behind in New York. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman.

A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she’d become, but elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the birth of Boy’s daughter, Bird, exposes the Whitman family secret. Among them, Boy, Snow, and Bird confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold.

Dazzlingly inventive and powerfully moving, Boy, Snow, Bird is an astonishing and enchanting novel. With breathtaking feats of imagination, Helen Oyeyemi confirms her place as one of the most original and dynamic literary voices of our time.
March 6, 2014  |  306 pages
(Read from Sep 1, 2014 to Sep 3, 2014)
Grade: B    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 70% Literature, 30% Entertainment
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I enjoyed the story, it was just not what I was expecting.The book is separated into three sections, the first told from Boy's point of view, the second from Bird, and the third from Boy again.It was very hard for me to connect with Boy and Arturo's character, there is supposed to be something a little off about Boy, but she felt very blank. However, I loved the section written from Bird's point of view. In Bird's section there is feeling and a little magic is brought in.   (+2 votes)