What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

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    Winner of the PEN Open Book Award
    An NPR Best Book of 2016

    Washington Post Notable Fiction Pick
    A PBS NewsHour Best Book of 2016
    Slate Best Book of the Year
    One of Esquire Magazine's Best Books of 2016
    One of Oprah.com's 10 Favorite Books of 2016 
    -Transcendent.- --The New York Times Book Review 
    -Flawless. . . another masterpiece from an author who seems incapable of writing anything that's less than brilliant.- --NPR 
    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 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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    1. So good I bought it twice!

      I picked up a copy of this book at Mahogany Books' new location in the Anacostia Arts Center and liked it so much I ordered a copy for my friend a week later. The book is clever and gorgeously written, and MB's customer service and selection of books is excellent. on 5th Mar 2018

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    Author: Helen Oyeyemi
    ISBN-10: 1594634645
    Pages: 352
    Publisher: Riverhead Books
    Publication Date: March 07, 2017
    Binding: Paperback