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The opposite house

Author: Helen Oyeyemi
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Maja, daughter of a black Cuban couple, was only five years old when the family emigrated to London. Growing up, she speaks Spanish and English, but longs for a connection to her African roots. Now in her early twenties, Maja is haunted by the desire to make sense of the threads of her history; meanwhile, her mother has found comfort in Santería--a faith that melds Catholic saints and the Yoruba gods of West  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Oyeyemi
ISBN: 9780747588849 0747588848 9780747590675 0747590672
OCLC Number: 77796291
Description: 262 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Helen Oyeyemi.

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'I read THE OPPOSITE HOUSE with a rare happiness. The voice in it is so sure, the risk it takes is so good and the intelligence in it is a sheer relief.' Ali Smith Praise for THE ICARUS GIRL: 'A Read more...

 
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