What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

By Helen Oyeyemi

Riverhead Books, Hardcover, 9781594634635, 336pp.

Publication Date: March 8, 2016

Description
"Transcendent." "The New York Times Book Review"
"Flawless. . .another masterpiece from an author who seems incapable of writing anything that's less than brilliant." "NPR"
From the award-winning author of "Boy, Snow, Bird" and "Mr. Fox" comes an enchanting collection of intertwined stories.
Playful, ambitious, and exquisitely imagined, "What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours" is cleverly built around the idea of keys, literal and metaphorical. The key to a house, the key to a heart, the key to a secret Oyeyemi's keys not only unlock elements of her characters lives, they promise further labyrinths on the other side. In Books and Roses one special key opens a library, a garden, and clues to at least two lovers fates. In Is Your Blood as Red as This? an unlikely key opens the heart of a student at a puppeteering school. Sorry Doesn t Sweeten Her Tea involves a house of locks, where doors can be closed only with a key with surprising, unobservable developments. And in If a Book Is Locked There's Probably a Good Reason for That Don't You Think, a key keeps a mystical diary locked (for good reason).
Oyeyemi's tales span multiple times and landscapes as they tease boundaries between coexisting realities. Is a key a gate, a gift, or an invitation? "What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours" captivates as it explores the many possible answers.


NPR
Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016

Book critic Maureen Corrigan says each of the "nouveau Gothic" stories in Helen Oyeyemi's new collection leaves a deep impression — like a scar that stubbornly refuses to fade. More at NPR.org

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NPR
Monday, Mar 21, 2016

Writer Helen Oyeyemi's new collection features nine stories all linked through the idea of keys that open rooms, doors, even hearts. She says she felt haunted by keys while working on the book. More at NPR.org

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