by Helen Oyeyemi - £9.99 Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2006)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780747578864 | ISBN 10: 0747578869
A stunning first novel about spirits, twins and an extraordinary little girl.
Jessamy Harrison is eight years old. Sensitive, whimsical, possessed of a powerful imagination, she spends hours writing, reading or simply hiding in the dark warmth of the airing cupboard. As the half-and-half child of an English father and a Nigerian mother, Jess just canít shake off the feeling of being alone wherever she goes, and other kids are wary of her terrified fits of screaming.
When she is taken to her motherís family compound in Nigeria, she encounters Titiola, a ragged little girl her own age. It seems that at last Jess has found someone who will understand her. TillyTilly knows secrets both big and small.
But as she shows Jess just how easy it is to hurt those around her, Jess begins to realise that she doesnít know who TillyTilly is at all.
"This is a beautiful, haunting story of precocious eight-year-old Jessamy ... This compelling tale of folklore and cultural differences is sure to top the bestseller lists."
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