Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction, Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel, Post Colonial Asian Fiction, The Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and quality Historical Novels are Among my Interests

Friday, March 5, 2021

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi - 2009


White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi - 2009.  

White is for Witching combines various standard elements of the supernatural novel, vampires, haunted house, ghost stories and more to produce an interesting enough account of the life of a family in England.  It combines elements drawn from the occult traditions of Nigeria and Haiti to draw a contrast to English treatment of refugees.

I was not over all entranced by this novel. (Wikipedia has a decent plot and character summary.). I liked parts of it a lot but was often bored.

From the authors website

About Helen Oyeyemi

Oyeyemi has an eye for the gently perverse, the odd detail that turns the ordinary marvelously, frighteningly strange

The Boston Globe

Helen Oyeyemi wrote her first novel, The Icarus Girl, while still at school studying for her A levels at Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School.

While studying social and political sciences at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, two of her plays, Juniper’s Whitening and Victimese, were performed by fellow students to critical acclaim and subsequently published by Methuen.

1 comment:

Buried In Print said...

I've enjoyed listening to her in interview; I think the ideas of her books and the concepts that are interesting to her are interesting, but I've often felt distanced from the characters.