Helen oyeyemi was a new author to me and i became aware of her book boy snow bird a novel through an recommendation on amazon the narrative is in the first person but each chapter has a different narrator telling the story of one suffering family over two generations. Boy snow bird sketches a vivid portrait of the relationship between a white mother and her biracial daughter and step daughter set in postwar new england the fabulist novel alternates between the threes perspectives and explores heavy themes such as racial passing family history and trauma in a fantastical droll style. Boy snow bird is a 2014 novel by british author helen oyeyemithe novel oyeyemis fifth was a loose retelling of the fairytale snow white oyeyemi also cited the novel passing as an inspiration the novel was named as one of the best books of 2014 by the new york times the washington post npr and buzzfeed plot boy novak a young white girl is born to an abusive father who works as . Boy snow bird is an intriguing sinuously attractive book the guardian a rare contemporary novel thats not afraid to confront race its also the rare novel that isnt heavy handed or humorless while doing it. Among them boy snow and bird confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold dazzlingly inventive and powerfully moving boy snow bird is an astonishing and enchanting novel with breathtaking feats of imagination helen oyeyemi confirms her place as one of the most original and dynamic literary voices of our
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