From the award-winning author of Boy, Snow, Bird and Mr. Fox comes an enchanting collection of intertwined stories. Playful, ambitious, and exquisitely imagined, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours is 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 - Oyeyemi's keys not only unlock elements of her characters' lives, they promise further labyrinths on the other side.
In "Books and Roses", one special key opens a library, a garden, and clues to at least two lovers' fates. In "Is Your Blood as Red as This?", an unlikely key opens the heart of a student at a puppeteering school. "'Sorry' Doesn't Sweeten Her Tea" involves a "house of locks", where doors can be closed only with a key - with surprising unobservable developments. And in "If a Book Is Locked There's Probably a Good Reason for That Don't You Think", a key keeps a mystical diary locked (for good reason).
Oyeyemi's creative vision and storytelling are effervescent, wise, and insightful, and her tales span multiple times and landscapes as they tease boundaries between coexisting realities. Is a key a gate, a gift, or an invitation? What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours captivates as it explores the many possible answers.
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Another great read from Helen!
- Kindle Customer
Probably a better read...
I suspect because of the striking imagery, the distinct plots and the technique of using the key to create an overall arch, it is a book that is easier to read than it is to listen to. I often found myself wishing I could look back at some of the language and revisit some of the stories, as the imagery would make my mind drift and I would lose entire sections of the story that had continued. This was not the fault of the performers, but of my own mind and listening skills.
Because of that, I am not sure I was ever completely drawn into this book as I have been by others that I have listened to. Unlike some that I am rushing to finish, this book has taken me weeks to complete. Because of the nature of the disconnected stories, I often contemplated not finishing it at all... not because I didn't enjoy it, but because I felt no urgency to finish it.
- Jocelyn Slowey