• I grabbed this book off a swap site after reading Vivienne’s review. It sounds really good, but i guess I’ll want to make sure I read it before any of her other books…

    • I think you’d still enjoy it if you didn’t read it first, as long as you’re bearing in mind that it’s a first novel. When I discovered one of my now-favorite authors, Martin Millar, I read his best book first, and then went on to the rather less good ones. And despite its flaws, I still really enjoyed reading his first novel.

  • I have White is for Witching lined up to read and I’m glad that I read this first as it is the work of a debut writer and an immature one at that – amazingly Oyeyemi wrote The Icarus Girl whilst at school!

    • I know! I looked her up to see if she was from Nigeria like Jess or Cuba like Maja, and I couldn’t believe how young she was. Good for her.

  • I read The Icarus Girl several years ago and really enjoyed it. Thanks for pointing out that Oyeyemi is an author that continues to grow…and I’ll be looking for her next two books!

    • I hope you can get hold of them! Like I said, The Opposite House was better, and I have heard so many great things about White is for Witching (love that title too) that I am expecting it to be better yet.

  • farmlanebooks

    White is for Witching is everywhere at the moment! It is nice to know that this one is good and I’ll keep an eye out for her books in the future.

    • It’s times like these I’m really glad for the blogosphere, because outside of book blogs, I’ve not even heard Helen Oyeyemi’s name. SO glad I found her.

  • Andrew

    I have seen her name everywhere and yet have not read a novel by her – thank you for the honest review! I’ll start with something from her more recent work.

    • From everything I hear, White is for Witching is a good place to start, as long as you don’t mind its being better than her others. I’m just sad I only have one more book of hers to read. Hopefully she will write another soon as she is young and energetic.

  • Andrew

    Oh by the way, that last comment was Litlove. Sigh. Husband colonised the computer again!

  • love your tags…. The twins in Her Fearful Symmetry were certainly creepy but not sure, in general, that I would think so. I like when a book reaction over time can change rather than just be forgotten.

    • I mentioned the twins thing because my mum always says she was fascinated by these twins that were in her kindergarten class. “They looked exactly the same!” she says. “But they were different people!” I don’t know – there were twins in my elementary school class, and I was unmoved by the same-face-different-brain thing. (Though, yeah, Julia and Valentina were creepy.)

  • After Eva’s review, I added White is for Witching to my list. I love that you’re reading them in order – and that Helen is progressing as a writer. I love seeing that in novels.

    • I love it too. I’m wondering if I will find such a drastic improvement between The Opposite House and White is for Witching, or if she’ll be plateau-ing now. Of course White is for Witching is checked out of my library, so I’ll have to wait and see.

  • I HAVE to read The Opposite House now!

    • Do! I just reviewed it – such lovely writing.

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