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?

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Los Angeles Reviews of ...

03 Mar 2017
8.0
THERE IS A SPECIAL KIND OF ANTICIPATION for a new work by Helen Oyeyemi; we know we can expect to be swept away to places we’ve never been — or places we have, reshaped through a lens that is both playful and utterly original. There is, compoundi ...
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Prism Magazine

03 Mar 2017
6.0
Late in Helen Oyeyemi’s beguiling new collection of stories, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, a character becomes obsessed with a film. It’s a short “spectral wisp” of a movie, a story about a brother and sister in Cold War Russia. The sibling ...
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The Guardian

03 Mar 2017
6.0
Helen Oyeyemi’s new collection of short stories opens with “Books and Roses”: a beautiful tale which is also a beautiful lesson in how to read Oyeyemi. As the tricksy title tells us, it’s all about misdirection. We must learn not to be too at ...
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New York Times

03 Mar 2017
8.0
Angela Carter, in a letter to Robert Coover, once wrote: “I really do believe that a fiction absolutely self-conscious of itself as a different form of human experience than reality (that is, not a logbook of events) can help to transform reality i ...
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Vulture

03 Mar 2017
6.0
A restless imagination harnessed to a smooth and propulsive prose style — Helen Oyeyemi’s fiction is a juggernaut, and she brakes for no one. Her sentences have an elegance often set off by jolts of contemporary vernacular. “He was handsome but ...
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The Root

03 Mar 2017
8.0
Born in Nigeria in 1984, author Helen Oyeyemi has lived in the United Kingdom since age 4. Oyeyemi made a name for herself as a writer early on—winning the 2010 Somerset Maugham Award and a 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and being named one of Gr ...

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Publisher:

Riverhead Books

ISBN:

978-1-594-63463-5

Language:

English

Literary Awards:

PEN Open Book Award Nominee, Shortlisted (2017)
Dylan Thomas Prize Nominee, Longlisted (2017)
Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction (2016)
A Washington Post Notable Fiction Pick
One of Esquire Magazine’s Best Books (2016)
One of Oprah.com’s 10 Favorite Books (2016)

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