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


What Is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
Published on March 8, 2016
Riverhead Books
Source: I bought it

“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



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…)