I can't say enough about the dream-like, uniquely striking way that Helen Oyeyemi writes. This book takes a familiar fairytale framework -- the evil stepmother -- and holds it up to a distorted funhouse mirror. Deftly handling race, gender, motherhood, class, and more, this story wouldn't work in the hands of a less skilled author. Oyeyemi not only weaves every thread together masterfully, but in Boy she breathes a marvelous life and depth into an otherwise one-dimensional character trope.

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