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  • 📚#NewArrival at @adfrntbooklist: #Gingerbread, by Helen Oyeyemi; $24.95 (HC). Excerpt from @alixhawl3y's recent @thetorontostar review of the British writer's 6th novel: "Mother and daughter Margot and Harriet Lee are refugees from Druhástrana, a country that has decided to exit (Drexit?) the rest of the world. They end up in the U.K. among rich family members determined to wring gratitude from them, and eventually flee to London, where Harriet’s own teenage daughter Perdita slips into a coma that takes her to the motherland. When she wakes, they make a deal: 'Perdita will tell Harriet how she got to Druhástrana, and Harriet will tell Perdita how she left it.'
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"The deal doesn’t entirely work out, like many in this book. Druhástrana is a sclerotic bureaucratic place, run by 'theoretical persons.' [....] The parallels with Donald Trump’s America are clear. Wealth wins, and truth is what the powerful make it. The country’s motto is 'Never wounded, never wrong.'
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"The U.K., when the Lees arrive, isn’t much different. Harriet spots falseness everywhere, exclaiming, 'Trickery occurs all the time . . . people spend their life savings on lies.'
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"As painfully real as all of this feels, and though its structure takes some time to sink into, the novel keeps up its weirdly funny momentum. Harriet’s stint as a Gingerbread Girl, shilling faux-nostalgic childhood experiences to Druhástranians, is one of these wincingly hilarious episodes.
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"She also has her childhood friend Gretel — yes, that Gretel — for advice. As in the original fairy tale, innocence is corrupted, generations battle it out, and evil doesn’t go down without a fight."
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Written in her trademark style, evident in works like #BoySnowBird & #MrFox, #Gingerbread is "spiked with surprise and delight," Hawley writes. Read complete review here, via The Toronto Star: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thestar.com/amp/entertainment/books/2019/03/01/helen-oyeyemis-gingerbread-recipe-involves-a-fact-free-world.html
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Purchase your copy of Helen Oyeyemi's #Gingerbread at @adfrntbooklist, and #ReadDifferently!
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#HelenOyeyemi #Gingerbread #NewRelease #Fiction #BookReview #AlixHawley
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  • 📚#newarrival at @adfrntbooklist: #gingerbread, by Helen Oyeyemi; $24.95 (HC). Excerpt from @alixhawl3y's recent @thetorontostar review of the British writer's 6th novel: "Mother and daughter Margot and Harriet Lee are refugees from Druhástrana, a country that has decided to exit (Drexit?) the rest of the world. They end up in the U.K. among rich family members determined to wring gratitude from them, and eventually flee to London, where Harriet’s own teenage daughter Perdita slips into a coma that takes her to the motherland. When she wakes, they make a deal: 'Perdita will tell Harriet how she got to Druhástrana, and Harriet will tell Perdita how she left it.' . "The deal doesn’t entirely work out, like many in this book. Druhástrana is a sclerotic bureaucratic place, run by 'theoretical persons.' [....] The parallels with Donald Trump’s America are clear. Wealth wins, and truth is what the powerful make it. The country’s motto is 'Never wounded, never wrong.' . "The U.K., when the Lees arrive, isn’t much different. Harriet spots falseness everywhere, exclaiming, 'Trickery occurs all the time . . . people spend their life savings on lies.' . "As painfully real as all of this feels, and though its structure takes some time to sink into, the novel keeps up its weirdly funny momentum. Harriet’s stint as a Gingerbread Girl, shilling faux-nostalgic childhood experiences to Druhástranians, is one of these wincingly hilarious episodes. . [....] . "She also has her childhood friend Gretel — yes, that Gretel — for advice. As in the original fairy tale, innocence is corrupted, generations battle it out, and evil doesn’t go down without a fight." . Written in her trademark style, evident in works like #boysnowbird & #mrfox, #gingerbread is "spiked with surprise and delight," Hawley writes. Read complete review here, via The Toronto Star: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thestar.com/amp/entertainment/books/2019/03/01/helen-oyeyemis-gingerbread-recipe-involves-a-fact-free-world.html . Purchase your copy of Helen Oyeyemi's #gingerbread at @adfrntbooklist, and #readdifferently! . #helenoyeyemi #gingerbread #newrelease #fiction #bookreview #alixhawley 📸: G.R.✊🏿📚
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