Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi – Book Review

Title: Gingerbread

Author: Helen Oyeyemi

Genre/Themes: Literary Fiction, Folklore, Fable, Fairytale, Subversive Fiction, Surrealism, Feminism, Race

Blurb from Goodreads

The prize-winning, bestselling author of Boy, Snow, Bird and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours returns with a bewitching and inventive novel.

Influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children’s stories–equal parts wholesome and uncanny, from the tantalising witch’s house in “Hansel and Gretel” to the man-shaped confection who one day decides to run as fast as he can–beloved novelist Helen Oyeyemi invites readers into a delightful tale of a surprising family legacy, in which the inheritance is a recipe.

Endlessly surprising and satisfying, written with Helen Oyeyemi’s inimitable style and imagination, it is a true feast for the reader.

My Review

Wow… Sometimes a book just leaves me so speechless that I struggle to gather my thoughts about it to write a cohesive review. This is one such instance.

Oyeyemi is just supremely skilled at making words the centre-point of her writing. This novel at first glance might have little to no plot, and little to no truly identifiable characters…

But what it’s got in spades is an authentic sense of the here and now. It mixes fable and folklore with issues of feminism and race in what are snippet-sized allegories that link to create this other worldly novel.

It’s incredibly surreal and wonderfully subversive in its narrative style. It’s the type of book to just read for the simple pleasure of words…

But then in these glittering moments it will suddenly delve into your soul and it’s just you and the book. Nothing more, nothing less.

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