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Reading What Is Not Yours – A Surreal, Poetic Journey into the Imagination of a Literary Genius

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What Is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
Published on March 8, 2016
Riverhead Books
Source: I bought it
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“Playful and exquisitely imagined, What Is Not Yours is an enchanting collection of linked, intertwined stories 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: the keys in this extraordinary book not only unlock elements of the characters’ lives, they promise further labyrinths on the other side.” Source: Cover Blurb

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Review

bigarrure: “a medley of sundry colors running together” and/or “a discourse running oddly and fantastically, from one matter to another”

I was mesmerized by Oyeyemi’s dizzying imagination from the start. Her stories flow seamlessly and morph into unexpected shapes within the turn of a sentence. You come to think you’re reading about an abandoned baby left at a monastery, but by then you’re following the life of a laundress, getting lost in a library where books whisper and rustle in the night, (more…)