The Opposite House by Helen Oyeyemi

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Lyrical and intensely moving, The Opposite House explores the thin wall between myth and reality through the alternating tales of two young women. Growing up in London, Maja, a singer, always struggled to negotiate her Afro-Cuban background with her physical home. Yemaya is a Santeria emissary who lives in a mysterious somewherehouse with two doors: one opening to London, the other to Lagos. She is troubled by the ease with which her fellow emissaries have disguised themselves behind the personas of saints and by her inability to recognize them. Interweaving these two tales. Helen Oyeyemi, acclaimed author of The Icarus Girl, spins a dazzling tale about faith, identity, and self-discovery.

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About Helen Oyeyemi

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HELEN OYEYEMI was born in Nigeria and raised in London. She is the author of The Icarus Girl, which was completed before her nineteenth birthday; The Opposite House, which was a nominee for the 2008 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; and White Is for Witching, which won the 2010 Somerset Maugham Award.
Published June 10, 2008 by Anchor. 274 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Oyeyemi's fictional voice suited a fitful child, making sense of the world as it rushed at her, but in The Opposite House, a similar register makes a less secure vehicle for an adult narrator who might be expected to account for her experience.

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If she were slightly less assured a writer, closeness to characters as trapped and desperate as Maja and Yemaya might prove unbearable - but her gift for language, her emotional intelligence and most of all her ability to pull you right into the souls of her characters don't allow the reader to s...

May 11 2007 | Read Full Review of The Opposite House

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