Helen Oyeyemi is a Nigerian-born British writer who, through the power of her pen has been making us exceedingly proud. She recently released her 6th novel titled What is Not Yours is Not Yours.
Helen started writing at age 18. According to her, reading Little Women sparked the desire to write in her.
In 2005, her first novel- The Icarus Girl was published. The novel gained rave reviews. Two years later, Bloomsbury published her second novel, The Opposite House. That book was inspired by Cuban mythology.
At this stage, she had begun to gained widespread recognition, winning numerous awards. In 2009 Oyeyemi was recognized as one of the women on Venus Zine’s “25 under 25” list. In 2013 she was included in the Granta Best of Young British Novelists list.
Her third novel, White is for Witching was published by Picador in May 2009. It was a 2009 Shirley Jackson Award finalist and won a 2010 Somerset Maugham Award. A fourth novel, Mr Fox, was published by Picador in June 2011.
This year she has released – “What is not yours is not yours.” The novel, which is her sixth has already began to receive favorable reviews, with readers applauding the depth, yet deceptive simplicity and unusual perspective with which Helen Oyeyemi writes.
Below are some comments about the book
Oyeyemi’s women and girls are robust, limitless characters — personalities both great and terrible, free and kept — and sometimes find themselves present in more than one of the book’s individual tales, while the motif keeps plots moving and characters nimble.
The book contains the same sly humor, gorgeous writing and magical characters as her previous efforts. It is, in a word, flawless.
Oyeyemi writes with mastery, sometimes keeping her prose sparse and declarative only to unleash a bounty of description and humor a sentence later
Alluring . . . the style and peculiar authority of this exceptional young writer will carry you carefully through the
labyrinth and into a new and exciting literary landscape . . . If you are seduced by magical realism – particularly the novels of Allende and Marquez – you will savour Oyeyemi’s inventive tales.