Helen Oyeyemi writes like a feral fairy godmother. Her new book Gingerbread is true to form.

In Gingerbread, Helen Oyeyemi’s language shines so bright it overshadows her characters.

Trying to describe the plot of Gingerbread, the latest novel from Helen Oyeyemi, is a fool’s errand. That’s because Oyeyemi’s books are rarely plot-driven: If anything is powering them forward, it’s the imagery. Her books are filled with sentences of such precise and evocative language that reading them feels like being pricked by a thorny rose from a fairy tale.

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