Regrettably, I am not one of those people capable of reading a book in a single sitting. My excuse is that I drink too much coffee and am therefore incapable of remaining still for long enough, but really I just get distracted by things like my dog chewing on his extremities, irrelevant television programs, fruit-flavored alcohol, etc. So it is quasi-miraculous that I read What is not yours is not yours in just three sittings. Oyeyemi spirals out a series of quite long short stories that are mystical and corporeal at the same time. They are littered with lines of supreme brilliance bracketed by pages and pages of regular brilliance. The second story in the collection left me confused about whether to weep in devastation or marvel in ecstasy. And the rest of them left me equal parts conflicted, befuddled, amazed, and utterly fulfilled. Each one, individually, provides a near perfect reading experience, and added together, no three-session reading foray has matched this one in a long time. The worst part about the book is that as soon as I was finished, I knew immediately that if I read it again it would be even better.— Joel
March 2016 Indie Next List
“There is magic in Helen Oyeyemi's writing. There is magic in the settings, which shift between the conventional and the fantastic as readers devotedly follow her characters down any path they please. There is magic in the tales themselves, as readers recognize a situation only to have it bloom into a flower they have never imagined before, full of beauty or of dread. And, most certainly, there is magic in such breathtaking prose and unimaginable characters. This is a captivating story collection, filled with both fairy tale whimsy and dark, complicated mystery. Highly recommended!”
— Luisa Smith, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
From the award-winning author of "Boy, Snow, Bird" . . .