Monday, January 28, 2019

Book Review | GINGERBREAD by Helen Oyeyemi

March 5, 2019;
Riverhead Books

The prize-winning, bestselling author of
Boy, Snow, Bird and
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours 
returns with a bewitching and inventive novel.
Fairytales are meant to be construed and repeated, time and again. It is very fascinating how writers today have a fancy way of fine-tuning or reshaping these old tales, they provoke the mind and examine our principles.

Reading GINGERBREAD is like dreaming – subliminal, playful, prolific, and inky. I truly enjoyed how Ms. Oyeyemi took advantage of this reshaping to conceive a new approach on recognizing curiosity and raise provocative issues for the middle-aged fairytale readers. As with all fairytales, her characters are borderline ridiculous, but appealing at the same time. And, Oyeyemi’s playful approach to some complicated familial issues is quite amusing, sometimes, even laugh-out-loud funny. There are realistic inspirations, but it’s [the] surreal that actually flourished further.

This is my first Oyeyemi novel, but definitely not the last. Make sure to preorder your copies.

Book details:
Title: Gingerbread
Author: Helen Oyeyemi
Publication March 5, 2019; Riverhead Books
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism
Rating: ★★★★

*Thank you Riverhead and Edelweiss for the DRC in exchange for this unbiased review.


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