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Two years after Boy, Snow, Bird—one of the best novels of 2014—Oyeyemi surprises us with a collection of short stories titled What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours. Oyeyemi is the queen of playfully experimental fiction, always taking risks with her work and pushing the boundaries on what it means to tell stories about Africa, blackness, and life.

As much as we are excited about the buzz around the new book, we are also very much in love with these photos that recently surfaced on the internet. They are all part of a photo shoot done by the Korean photographer Manchul Kim. The first two photographs are actually themed to reflect the theme of the collection. What is Yours is Not Yours is organized around the central idea of keys, both literally and metaphorically. As you can see in the picture above and the one after, Oyeyemi is sitting under a tree of dangling keys. We need more images of authors doing photo shoots inspired by the major themes of their novels.

The rest of the images are portraits bombarding us with Oyeyemi’s distinctively graceful and beautiful demeanor. Congrats to Oyeyemi for the new book. We can’t wait to read it.

For those interested in reading What is Yours is not Yours, click here.

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Images Manchul Kim via Broadly and manchulkim.com

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https://www.vice.com/read/a-brief-history-of-the-society-of-homely-wenches-by-helen-oyeyemi

 

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

2 Responses to “Helen Oyeyemi Surprises Us With a New Book and the Ultimate Promo Photographs” Subscribe

  1. Obinna Udenwe 2016/03/16 at 09:24 #

    Beautiful and the title is just captivating.

  2. Swoosh 2016/03/16 at 14:21 #

    I say what is not yours can be yours.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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