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Boy, snow, bird / Helen Oyeyemi.

By: Oyeyemi, Helen [author,, narrator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookDescription: 308 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781447254225.Subject(s): Passing (Identity) -- Fiction | Fairy tales -- Adaptations | Massachusetts -- Fiction | Stepmothers -- FictionGenre/Form: Fantasy fiction.DDC classification: 823.92 Summary: 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 the birth of Boy's daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white. Now Boy, Snow, and Bird must confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold.
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BOY Novak turns twenty and decides to try for a brand-new life. Flax Hill, Massachusetts, isn't exactly a welcoming town, but it does have the virtue of being the last stop on the bus route she took from New York. Flax Hill is also the hometown of Arturo Whitman - craftsman, widower, and father of Snow.SNOW is mild-mannered, radiant and deeply cherished - exactly the sort of little girl Boy never was, and Boy is utterly beguiled by her. If Snow displays a certain inscrutability at times, that's simply a characteristic she shares with her father, harmless until Boy gives birth to Snow's sister, Bird.When BIRD is born Boy is forced to re-evaluate the image Arturo's family have presented to her, and Boy, Snow and Bird are broken apart.

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 the birth of Boy's daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white. Now Boy, Snow, and Bird must confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold.

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Things are not what they seem in this unusual retelling of the story of Snow White. The protagonist, Boy Novak, is a girl, and a beautiful one at that. Her father, Frank, is a professional rat catcher in New York. In 1953, tired of Frank's mistrust and physical abuse, 20-year-old Boy takes a bus to the end of the line, which turns out to be Flax Hill, a manufacturing town in eastern Massachusetts. She catches the eye and the heart of Arturo Whitman, a widower with a young daughter, Snow. When Boy and Arturo's daughter, Bird, is born, a family secret is revealed. Bird's dark skin is evidence that the Whitmans are light-skinned blacks who have been passing for white. Though Boy never imagined that she'd become a wicked stepmother, she sends Snow to be raised by her mother's sister in the city. Folk tales often have inconclusive endings, and Oyeyemi's version is just that. The audiobook features two narrators, Susan Bennett and Carra Patterson, to good effect. VERDICT For large collections of contemporary fiction. ["Oyeyemi, who has an eye for odd details, casts a spell with words and crafts a dreamlike world out of ordinary characters and circumstances in this intelligent and bewitching novel," read the review of the Riverhead hc, LJ 2/15/14.]-Nann Blaine Hilyard, formerly with Zion-Benton P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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