White Is for Witching

White Is for Witching

Book - 2009/06/23
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Suffering from pica, a malady that causes her to eat nonedible items, sixteen-year-old Miranda helps to run the family bed-and-breakfast while witnessing her community's hostilities toward outsiders, a malice that erupts in violent and destructive ways.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese, 2009/06/23
Edition: 1st ed. in the U.S
ISBN: 9780385526050
Branch Call Number: FICTION OYEYEMI
Characteristics: 227 p


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EvaELPL Dec 18, 2017

A strange family where everyday bizarreness can both life-changing and mundane.

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Oct 20, 2017

This is my favourite of Oyeyemi's works thus far - its description in the catalogue summary as a slow-building Gothic-style story is SO perfect: as Miranda wanes physically, her connection to a parallel spirit world strengthens; narrators' voices coalesce on a single word (and it looks cool on the page); the house is a presence and catalytic character; the surreal is overlaid on the seemingly mundane in this and all her works and she weaves her stories deftly.

LPL_KimberlyL Sep 10, 2016

Bizarre, abstract, and perfect for this time of year! This is a haunted house story, where the house itself has a unique (and terrifying) voice. With this one, I recommend you take it slowly (the writing style might be off-putting to some), and re-read the first chapter once you're finished--things will finally start to make sense!

Cynthia_N Apr 16, 2015

Such a confusing book but I think that was the intention. Parts of the book seem rambling and other parts seem crystal clear and thats just how life is for the characters. I did enjoy it.

Sep 04, 2014

29/8 - I read up to page 58 then took the time to skim/read Richard Reviles Censorship's review to see if my problems with the book were mine alone, it wasn't encouraging. I hadn't liked the writing style or four different voices from the first lines I read. I didn't like the fact that it was ambiguous as to whose voice I was hearing from, I had to work it out from which of the other characters were mentioned by eliminating them one by one. A character called Ore had a portion of a chapter right at the beginning, some 30 pages before we actually find out who Ore is - a strangely (and needlessly) confusing situation for the reader. The blurb on the back was so promising, but was ruined (for me) by the strange language, although I may not have continued even if the language had been more normal considering some of the other problems other reviewers have pointed out.

MrDrProfessorPatrick Aug 08, 2012

It breaks my heart to see what a low rating this book has, because it is one of my favorites. Yes, the style in which it is written is quite confusing at first, but the further you get in the book, the more you start to catch on to the pattern. It's dark, mysterious, emotional, quirky, and overall, unique. I've never read anything like this and I wish more people would give it a fighting chance.

Oct 07, 2009

Very disappointing. Disorganized and fractured. Multiple narrators only confuse the story which never really comes to fruition.

melwyk Sep 23, 2009

The story begins with overtones of Snow White; apples, deathly sleep and being boxed up; but then it weaves its way through a house of mirrors until we finally come to some sort of conclusion, which is not certain or absolutely clear. What exactly has occurred? Who is responsible? It's a tale of madness and of obsession and is very spooky.

As confused as I may have been by the multiple narrators, I was also in awe of Oyeyemi's fresh voice, her ability to see things and to express them so individually. It's amazing to me to read a book so very stylistically impressive from such a young author. Both her technique and her energetic storytelling is engaging, making for quite a compulsive read.


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Sep 04, 2014

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MrDrProfessorPatrick Aug 08, 2012

"Miranda is at home- homesick, home sick..."


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