Boy, Snow, Bird

  • by Helen Oyeyemi
  • Narrated by Susan Bennett, Carra Patterson
  • 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking, she believes, for beauty - the opposite of the life she' s left behind in New York. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman. A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she' d become, but elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the birth of Boy' s daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white. Among them, Boy, Snow, and Bird confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold.
Dazzlingly inventive and powerfully moving, Boy, Snow, Bird is an astonishing and enchanting novel. With breathtaking feats of imagination, Helen Oyeyemi confirms her place as one of the most original and dynamic literary voices of our time.


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Would you consider the audio edition of Boy, Snow, Bird to be better than the print version?

I can only guess that the audio version is more entertaining than the print due to the quality of voice performance versus silently reading.

What did you like best about this story?

The parallels to Snow White and the subtlety of language.

What about Susan Bennett and Carra Patterson ’s performance did you like?

I loved the New York accents!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were some parts that I laughed out loud at, yes.

Any additional comments?

I loved that Boy's father was named The Ratcatcher. It was a fun book to read, but there are so many things to appreciate about the literature and craft of writing that it was not just pleasure reading.

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- M. Shipe

Read the book, skip the audio version

My recommendation would be to read this book by the page as opposed to an audiobook. I had a hard time following the story once it branched off in the middle section in interactions between Bird and Snow. Overall, I believe the theme is that family secrets are dangerous and can destroy healthy relationships but I wish the author had gotten to the point sooner because I felt the story just dragged on and on.
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- S. G.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-06-2014
  • Publisher: Recorded Books