By Helen Oyeyemi
This book was strange and confusing... and not really what I thought it was going to be. But I really liked it.
|"Miranda can't come in today Miranda has a condition called pica she has eaten a great deal of chalk."|
Miranda Silver is a sixteen year old girl who lives in Dover with her twin brother and their father. She goes to Cambridge and has a beautiful girlfriend. She is plagued and tormented with a rare eating disorder called pica.
Miranda eats chalk and other non-edible things instead of food. This condition is not so rare in the Silver family; her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother also suffered from it. Her condition links Miranda to her deceased family members, who reside in her house and in herself. At times she becomes them, and at other times it seems that everyone else is becoming Miranda. She slips in and out of reality, taking the reader with her on her journey.
Oyeyemi is spectacular. She switches perspectives between Miranda, Eliot (her twin), Ore (her girlfriend), and the house. These switches are so flawless that they sometimes happened in the middle of sentence, with each storyteller sharing a word or two. All things supernatural and magical are believable in this story. I really enjoyed Oyeyemi's style of writing... I believed every character and his or her story, even it conflicted with another's.
♥ Meg xoxo