Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

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Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi Published by: Picador(Pan Macmillan) Release Date: March 2019 Genre: Fantasy Format: Paperback Length: 290 Source: Publisher (Review Copy) Perdita Lee may appear your average British schoolgirl; Harriet Lee may seem just a working mother trying to penetrate the school social hierarchy; but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. For one thing, they share a gold-painted, seventh-floor flat with some surprisingly verbal vegetation. And then there’s the gingerbread they make. Londoners may find themselves able to take or leave it, but it’s very popular in Druhástrana, the far-away (and, according […]

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Books Of March 2019 – Girl Power Inside

Welcome to the month of March, folks! I’m really loving the way things seem to be steadily progressing this year, in regards to this blog and reading specifically. Outside of this space… Let’s just say I’m grateful for this lovely bubble. The books on my radar this month are absolutely unconventional. I have loved but not followed Helen Oyeyemi over the years and I’m excited to resume my affair with her this year. By the way, I have no idea why I’m making this sound obscene but let’s roll with it, shall we? Meet the new releases coming in March […]

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The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi – Book Excerpts

The Icarus Girl - Helen Oyeyemi - Book Excerpts

“Jess?” Her mother’s voice sounded through the hallway, mixing with the mustiness around her so well that the sound almost had a smell. To Jess, sitting in the cupboard, the sound of her name was strange, wobbly, misformed, as if she were inside a bottle, or a glass cube, maybe, and Mum was outside it, tapping. I must have been in here too long— “Jessamy!” Her mother’s voice was stern. Jessamy Harrison did not reply. She was sitting inside the cupboard on the landing, where the towels and other linen were kept, saying quietly to herself, I am in the […]

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Decisions, Decisions…

Five books, so little time. I can’t seem to decide what to read for my blog this week. MY OPTIONS: The King’s Rifle by Biyi Bandele It’s winter 1944 and the Second World War is entering its most crucial state. A few months ago fourteen-year-old Ali Banana was a blacksmith’s apprentice in his rural hometown in West Africa; now he’s trekking through the Burmese jungle. Led by the unforgettably charismatic Sergeant Damisa, the unit has been given orders to go behind enemy lines and wreak havoc. But Japanese snipers lurk behind every tree—and even if the unit manages to escape, infection […]

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