Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

I received this book from the amazing LibraryThing in exchange for a fair and honest review.  BTW, it comes out tomorrow, so if it’s not on your list yet to read, add it nowwwwwww!

Boy Snow Bird via Love at First Book

Photo Credit: Goodreads

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi is kind of like a modern day Snow White, but with lots of alterations.  The story is told mainly by Boy, who is actually a girl, who escapes from an abusive father and makes a new life in a small town in Massachusetts.  Boy marries and inherits a stepdaughter, Snow, who is pretty much the most perfect person ever.  But when Boy and her husband have a child of their own, a family secret is revealed that causes many of the family relationships to be strained.

Boy, Snow, Bird is unique.  It’s part Snow White, part family secret, but it’s all worth the read.

Have you read any books that have part of a familiar tale woven in?


Interested in getting your own copy? Check it out on Amazon & Indiebound. I get a small percentage if you purchase from those links, and it doesn’t cost you any extra.


20 thoughts on “Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

  1. This is sitting in my stack waiting to be read this month. There have been a few books lately with familiar tales woven in — While Beauty Slept and a couple others


  2. Whoa whoa whoa. I thought the name Helen Oyeyemi looked familiar. Then I remembered she wrote Icarus Girl which was my favorite book when I was a kid. But I also can’t remember for the life of me what it was about haha. Is Boy, Snow, Bird an adult book or meant for younger audiences?


  3. Does Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth count? It’s a re-telling within the contexts of the story of the original writer. I loved that and I’m a fan of retellings or books that have fairytales added into them so I’d give Boy, Snow, Bird a go, for sure.


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