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Boy, snow, bird

Author: Helen Oyeyemi
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2014.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A reimagining of the fairy tale Snow White recast as a story of family secrets, race, beauty, and vanity set in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s. -- Provided by publisher.
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Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Adaptations
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Oyeyemi
ISBN: 1594631395 9781594631399
OCLC Number: 852251423
Description: 308 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Helen Oyeyemi.

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A reimagining of the fairy tale Snow White recast as a story of family secrets, race, beauty, and vanity set in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s. -- Provided by publisher.

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 would become, but when the birth of Boy's daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white, elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out . Now Boy, Snow, and Bird must confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold.

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