Helen Oyeyemi is the author of four novels, most recently White is for Witching, which won a 2010 Somerset Maugham Award, and Mr Fox.
Set primarily in 1930s New York, Oyeyemi's latest novel follows the adventures of a famous novelist, Mr. Fox, with a penchant for murdering his heroines. His life and work are transformed by the discovery of his muse, Mary. But when Mr. Fox's wife, Daphne, becomes convinced her husband is having an affair, the novelist finds himself forced to make a very difficult decision. Carole Boyd's narration is playful, well paced, and utterly enjoyable. She captures the spirit of the fantastical prose and creates restrained but effective voices-employing several pitch-perfect accents and dialects-for Oyeyemi's characters. One of the many highlights is Boyd's rendition of the rich American teenager to whom she lends a wonderfully flat, bored tone. A Riverhead hardcover. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Oyeyemi's writing is gorgeous and resonant and fresh . . . a shimmering landscape pulsating with life."--Aimee Bender, "The New York Times Book Review""Oyeyemi has an eye for the gently perverse, the odd detail that turns the ordinary marvelously, frighteningly strange."--"The Boston Globe""Dazzling."--"The Washington Post""Cheeky and imaginative."--"The New Yorker" "Startling, beautiful . . . [Mr. Fox] should not be ignored."--"Chicago Sun Times"""Mr. Fox" is a wonderfully original novel, full of images and turns of phrase so arresting, so vivid and inventive, its pages almost glow with them. Helen Oyeyemi has given us a work of playful charm and serious narrative pleasure."--Sarah Waters, author of "The Little Stranger""A sly, tender, and elegant novel, graced with a magical charm that makes this novel's wisdom about love and loss all the more captivating to read. "Mr. Fox" is a novel for those who love stories and who believe in their singular power to alter and heal our fragile souls."--Dinaw Mengestu, author of "The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears "and "How to Read the Air"