‘Indy’ Book Club’s March Read

Helen Oyeyemi’s ‘Boy, Snow, Bird’

Boy, Snow, Bird

Set in the 1950s, Boy, Snow, Bird is a retelling of the “Snow White” story. At 20 years old, Boy Novak, who lives with her abusive father, decides to run away, landing in Flaxhill, Massachusetts, where she eventually meets and marries a jeweler, Arturo Whitman, father to a young girl. While Boy is initially infatuated with her stepdaughter, Snow, she ultimately takes on the role of evil stepmother when she has a daughter of her own, Bird. Bird’s birth brings to light a secret that forces Boy to reevaluate how she views her husband’s family. Focusing on themes of vanity, race, and gender, author Helen Oyeyemi tells a complicated story while shining light on how small biases add up to full-blown prejudices.

On Wednesday, March 25, 6 p.m., at Municipal Winemakers (22 Anacapa St.), we will host our first discussion meetup. We’ll swap books (bring your favorites to pass along) and reveal the next Indy Book Club selection.

To find out more about the Indy Book Club, keep an eye on the print issue and independent.com/category/arts-entertainment, as we will be announcing more details as they unfold. Get started by joining our Goodreads group at tinyurl.com/SBIndyGoodreads.


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