ARG London – Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

03/05/2015 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This month we will be discussing ‘Boy, Snow, Bird’ by Helen Oyeyemi

Boy, Snow, Bird is the fifth novel from award-winning author Helen Oyeyemi, one of the most original and dynamic literary voices of her generation.

Boy Novak, in the winter of 1953, arrives in Flax Hill, Massachussets. She’s looking for a life that is the opposite of the one she’s left behind in New York. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman.

The birth of Bird, Boy’s daughter, who is dark-skinned, will change the image Arturo’s family have presented to Boy, and will expose the Whitmans as light-skinned Africa Americans passing for white. Boy, Snow and Bird will broke apart.

Boy, Snow, Bird is a deeply moving novel about three women and the strange connection between them.

London edition of the African Reading Group (ARG!) is there to help readers keep up with the explosion of literature coming out of Africa and its diaspora. We are a ‘new voice’ reading group, focusing on short story collections, novels and some critical or non-fiction. From time to time we may go back to a classic of African literature — but the emphasis is on the new.

The books will be available at meetings to buy from Book and Kitchen. During our holiday times or if you are unable to purchase the books in advance – you can also purchase through Paypal. For ARG members we offer a reduced shipping and handling fee of £0.75 only. Find out more.