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Darryl Lorenzo WellingtonThe Opposite House is top-heavy with themes, symbols and motifs. It's overcrowded (and arguably unfinished), yet in its own way extraordinary. Though the first hundred pages are rough going, slowly the reader accepts the eccentricities and grows to appreciate Oyeyemi's rare jewels. The very first chapter is entitled "Telling it Slant" (after Emily Dickinson's advice "Tell all the Truth but tell it slant"). Oyeyemi writes slantwise. She has fashioned a narrative that is at turns comic, lovely and grotesque. She has an original voice and a rich gift for conjuring the fantastic. At age 22, she is already an innovator. Look what she's done to the contemporary novel of the cultural bouillabaisse. She's added a magical dimension that recalls the visionary worlds of Emily Dickinson, Neruda and even Rimbaud.
—The Washington Post