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What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

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Transcendent. --The New York Times Book Review

Flawless. . . another masterpiece from an author who seems incapable of writing anything thats less than brilliant. --NPR

From the award-winning author of Boy, Snow, Bird and Peaces comes an enchanting collection of intertwined stories.

Playful, ambitious, and exquisitely imagined, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours is cleverly built around the idea of keys, literal and metaphorical. The key to a house, the key to a heart, the key to a secret--Oyeyemis keys not only unlock elements of her characters lives, they promise further labyrinths on the other side. In "Books and Roses" one special key opens a library, a garden, and clues to at least two lovers fates. In "Is Your Blood as Red as This?" an unlikely key opens the heart of a student at a puppeteering school. "Sorry Doesnt Sweeten Her Tea" involves a "house of locks," where doors can be closed only with a key--with surprising, unobservable developments. And in "If a Book Is Locked Theres Probably a Good Reason for That Dont You Think," a key keeps a mystical diary locked (for good reason).

Oyeyemis tales span multiple times and landscapes as they tease boundaries between coexisting realities. Is a key a gate, a gift, or an invitation? What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours captivates as it explores the many possible answers.
Product Details

Author: Helen Oyeyemi

Language: English

Edition:

Binding: Paperback

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Release Date: 2017-03-07

Pages: 352

ISBN: 1594634645

ISBN13: 9781594634642