White is for Witching

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Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award
One of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists
From the acclaimed author of Boy, Snow, Bird

There’s something strange about the Silver family house in the closed-off town of Dover, England. Grand and cavernous with hidden passages and buried secrets, it’s been home to four generations of Silver women—Anna, Jennifer, Lily, and now Miranda, who has lived in the house with ...

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Overview

Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award
One of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists
From the acclaimed author of Boy, Snow, Bird

There’s something strange about the Silver family house in the closed-off town of Dover, England. Grand and cavernous with hidden passages and buried secrets, it’s been home to four generations of Silver women—Anna, Jennifer, Lily, and now Miranda, who has lived in the house with her twin brother, Eliot, ever since their father converted it to a bed-and-breakfast. The Silver women have always had a strong connection, a pull over one another that reaches across time and space, and when Lily, Miranda’s mother, passes away suddenly while on a trip abroad, Miranda begins suffering strange ailments. An eating disorder starves her. She begins hearing voices. When she brings a friend home, Dover’s hostility toward outsiders physically manifests within the four walls of the Silver house, and the lives of everyone inside are irrevocably changed. At once an unforgettable mystery and a meditation on race, nationality, and family legacies, White is for Witching is a boldly original, terrifying, and elegant novel by a prodigious talent.

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What People Are Saying

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“[Oyeyemi] makes us glad to suspend disbelief."
The New York Times Book Review

“Profoundly chilling . . . a slow-building neo-Gothic that will leave persevering readers breathless.”
The Boston Globe

“If you’ve been missing Shirley Jackson all these many years . . . here’s a writer who seems to be a direct heir to that lamented one’s gothic throne.”
The Austin Chronicle

“Superbly atmospheric. . . . The dark tones of Poe in her haunting have also the elasticity of Haruki Murakami’s surreal mental landscapes.”
The Independent (UK)

“[Oyeyemi’s] technical skill as a novelist is remarkable, her range of reference formidable and her use of language virtuosic.”
The Daily Telegraph (UK) 

"Appealing from page one.... Unconventional, intoxicating and deeply disquieting."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Laced with thought-provoking story lines."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594633072
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 295,661
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Oyeyemi is the author of five novels, most recently White Is for Witching, which won a 2010 Somerset Maugham Award, Mr. Fox, which won a 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and Boy, Snow, Bird. In 2013, she was named one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists. She lives in Prague.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Poetic and haunting

    Not what i expected: this book left me breathless and filled with dread-the writing is of the sort that will make you wonder at the English language and how some authors have a grasp of it that puts us all to shame


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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Great

    Loved this book! Very interesting take on pica as a form of vampirism.

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  • Posted October 27, 2011

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    Beautiful

    It is very obvious that Oyeyemi has a brilliant mind and makes great use of it. So many novels are commended for their prose and I'm left wondering what I missed. This book is truly masterful prose. While I loved the twists in narration I was left amiss a few times, but that may have been my state of mind. The story itself is simple yet elegant and the characters beautifully disturbing. Had the haunting aspect been a little more evolved at an earlier stage I'd have rated this a full five stars. However I was in no way disappointed and will read the author's other work. Highly recommend.

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