About the Book

Author Bio

Helen Oyeyemi is the author of the story collection What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, along with five novelsmost 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

The Guardian

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.”

NPR

Review: Gingerbread

“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.”

Appel Salon | Helen Oyeyemi | March 22, 2019
Helen Oyeyemi is interviewed about "Gingerbread."