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The Opposite House

by Helen Oyeyemi
£7.99   paperback  Bloomsbury (2008)

The Opposite House by Helen Oyeyemi Maja was five years old when her black Cuban family emigrated from the Caribbean to London, leaving her with one complete memory: a woman singing – in a voice both eerie and enthralling – at their farewell party. Now, almost twenty years later, Maja herself is a singer, pregnant and haunted by what she calls ‘her Cuba’.

"Beautiful ... this is about the difficulties of knowing who you are, especially if you are born of several incompatible cultures. It has the ring of truth,"
(The Times)
"Her gift for language, her emotional intelligence and most of all her ability to pull you right into the souls of her characters don't allow the reader to step away."
(Kamila Shamsie)

ISBN 13: 9780747593102 | ISBN 10: 0747593108