About the Book
From the prize-winning author of Mr. Fox, Helen Oyeyemi brilliantly recasts the Snow White fairy tale as a story of family secrets, race, beauty, and vanity. This spring, Tom’s Book Club celebrates what is already one of the year’s most widely acclaimed novels:
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…
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