You are here

August Get Lit Book Club -- OVERFLOW

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 2018-08-06 22:34
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 19:00
The Junction Kitchen & Provisions
4438 Spruill Avenue
North Charleston


AUGUST PICK: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

6:00 pm meet & greet | At the Bookmobile (Junction parking lot)
6:30 pm dinner & discussion | At the Junction
3 course menu & wine pairings | $40

Join us at the Junction Kitchen in Park Circle to discuss Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi.

Every month we gather to discuss the book over an original, three-course meal with drink pairings inspired by the book. Be sure to check in when you arrive: for every six meetings you attend, you will receive a giftbag with a bottle of wine from the Junction and a mystery book from Itinerant Literate Books.

Buy the book from Itinerant Literate, get a glass of wine free. Happy hour will be served at the bookmobile in the INK MEETS PAPER parking lot prior to dinner service.

Find a copy at the bookmobile or order online:

Paperback | reserve a copy to pick up, or have one shipped to you [+$3.00]

Ebook | find on our ebook/audiobook store

About the book:

As seen on the cover of the New York Times Book Review, where it was described as “gloriously unsettling… evoking Toni Morrison, Haruki Murakami, Angela Carter, Edgar Allan Poe, Gabriel García Márquez, Chris Abani and even Emily Dickinson,” and already one of the year’s most widely acclaimed novels:

“Helen Oyeyemi has fully transformed from a literary prodigy into a powerful, distinctive storyteller…Transfixing and surprising.”—Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A)

“I don’t care what the magic mirror says; Oyeyemi is the cleverest in the land…daring and unnerving… Under Oyeyemi’s spell, the fairy-tale conceit makes a brilliant setting in which to explore the alchemy of racism, the weird ways in which identity can be transmuted in an instant — from beauty to beast or vice versa.” – Ron Charles, The Washington Post

From the prizewinning author of What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, coming March 2016, the Snow White fairy tale brilliantly recast as a story of family secrets, race, beauty, and vanity.

In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts looking, she believes, for beauty—the opposite of the life she’s left behind in New York. She marries Arturo Whitman, a local widower, and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow.

A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she’d become, but elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the birth of Boy’s daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African-Americans passing for white. And even as Boy, Snow, and Bird are divided, their estrangement is complicated by an insistent curiosity about one another. In seeking an understanding that is separate from the image each presents to the world, Boy, Snow, and Bird confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold. 

Dazzlingly inventive and powerfully moving, Boy, Snow, Bird is an astonishing and enchanting novel. With breathtaking feats of imagination, Helen Oyeyemi confirms her place as one of the most original and dynamic literary voices of our time.

4438 Spruill Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405

Your Venue Location on Google Map

America: New York

African Food Search (UK £)