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Gingerbread

Gingerbread

Helen Oyeyemi, the prize-winning author of Boy, Snow, Bird and What is Not Yours is Not Yours returns with a bewitching and inventive novel about motherhood, family legacy and . . . gingerbread.

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ISBN 9781447299431
Barcode 9781447299431
Published 12 March 2019 by Pan Macmillan
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Oyeyemi, Helen
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ISBN-13 9781447299431
ISBN-10 1447299434
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador
Publication Date 12 March 2019
International Publication Date 7 March 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Oyeyemi, Helen
Category Modern Fiction
Fantasy Fiction
Myth & Legend
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 398g
Interest Age 18+ years
Reading Age 18+ years
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 967483

Description of this Book

'A writer of sentences so elegant that they gleam' Ali Smith Influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children's stories - equal parts wholesome and uncanny; from the tantalizing witch's house in Hansel and Gretel to the man-shaped confection who one day decides to run as fast as he can - beloved novelist Helen Oyeyemi invites readers into a delightful tale of a surprising family legacy, in which the inheritance is a recipe. 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 Druhastrana, the far-away (and, according to Wikipedia, non-existent) land of Harriet Lee's early youth. In fact, the world's truest lover of the Lee family gingerbread is Harriet's charismatic childhood friend, Gretel Kercheval - a figure who seems to have had a hand in everything (good or bad) that has happened to Harriet since they met. Decades later, when teenaged Perdita sets out to find her mother's long-lost friend, it prompts a new telling of Harriet's story, as well as a reunion or two. As the book follows the Lees through encounters with jealousy, ambition, family grudges, work, wealth, and real estate, gingerbread seems to be the one thing that reliably holds a constant value. Endlessly surprising and satisfying, written with Helen Oyeyemi's inimitable style and imagination, Gingerbread is a true feast for the reader.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Wild, luscious and startling . . . Oyeyemi glides seamlessly across time, space and genre -- <i>Financial Times</i> on <i>What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours</i> Enchanting . . . the breadth of Oyeyemi's imagination is impressive, teetering, as ever, on the edge of magical realism. Her use of fairytales, folklore and ghost stories is distinctly reminiscent of the work ofAngela Carter . . . inviting, luscious prose -- <i>Guardian</i> on <i>What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours</i> A truly exceptional work of fiction, by a writer we should be delirious to have as a contemporary -- <i>Independent </i>on <i>What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours</i>
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Helen Oyeyemi is the author of The Icarus Girl, The Opposite House, White is for Witching (which won the Somerset Maugham Award), Mr Fox and the short story collection What is Not Yours is Not Yours. In 2013, Helen was included in Granta's Best of Young British Novelists.

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