About the Book
Helen Oyeyemi is the author of the story collection What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, along with five novels—most recently Boy, Snow, Bird, which was a finalist for the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She received a 2010 Somerset Maugham Award and a 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. In 2013, she was named one of Granta‘s Best Young British Novelists.
Get into it
Interview with Helen Oyeyemi
“I made a lot of gingerbread while I was writing it and researched how people eat it. My favourite recipe is a really healthy one that uses almond flour and dates. I also use Emily Dickinson’s recipe, which has a thick, rich flavour because of the molasses.”
“Trying to summarize the plot of Gingerbread is like trying to describe a strange dream you had — it’s nearly impossible to put something so odd and compelling into words that will actually convey the experience. Oyeyemi’s novel features gingerbread shivs, a peculiar, wealthy family, and a mysterious character named Gretel who serves as a sort-of friend to Harriet. Calling this book unconventional would be a massive understatement.”