Thursday, December 22, 2016

Book Review: "Boy, Snow, Bird" by Helen Oyeyemi

In 1953, young Boy Novak ran away from her home and abusive father, only to find herself in a tiny town in Massachusetts.  She ends up marrying a widower, Arturo Whitman, and becomes step-mother to his daughter Snow.  Boy gives birth to her daughter, Bird, and it becomes apparent that her husband and his family were actually African-Americans passing as white people.  This uncovered secrets sets forth everything else.  This take off from the tale of Snow White turns into a story looking at identity, race, and sexuality.

Look at that cover.  Isn't it gorgeous?  I am terrified of snakes, even illustrated ones... but I still love this cover.  That is probably the most positive thing I can say about my experience with this book.  So many many people love this book, and I really wanted to as well.  In fact, I was still fairly early into it and a friend asked my opinion, and I was very definitely trying to stay positive.  I think I said something like 'oh, the story seems to be coming together... getting more interesting' or something like that.  But it was all for naught.

I just couldn't follow a thread of story line.  As soon as I thought I was getting somewhere, it would change.  The narrator would change.  Something would happen out of the blue.  And I couldn't figure out why I was being told or shown certain things.  I kept thinking, 'oh this will be important later' and guess what?  Nope.  Not that I could really tell anyway.  This was a book that I would try and do anything besides pick it back up, and I would not have finished it if it were not my book group's pick for this month.  Now that is what I'm looking forward to - the group discussion.  I can't wait to see what the others thought about this, or see if they can help me understand it better.

Boy, Snow, Bird
by Helen Oyeyemi
Riverhead Books, 2014
316 pages
Source:  Purchased New



Elizabeth Amos said...

Oh, this sounds like such an interesting storyline! Sorry it didn't work well for you. Isn't it just the worst when you feel like a story just HAS to be great and then...wah-wah.

Andi said...

You and I are TOTALLY on the same page with this one.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...