The Icarus Girl

The Icarus Girl

eBook - 2007
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Jessamy "Jess" Harrison, age eight, is the child of an English father and a Nigerian mother. Possessed of an extraordinary imagination, she has a hard time fitting in at school. It is only when she visits Nigeria for the first time that she makes a friend who understands her: a ragged little girl named TillyTilly. But soon TillyTilly's visits become more disturbing, until Jess realizes she doesn't actually know who her friend is at all. Drawing on Nigerian mythology, Helen Oyeyemi presents a striking variation on the classic literary theme of doubles -- both real and spiritual -- in this lyrical and bold debut.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Anchor, 2007
ISBN: 9780307428738
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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tarynannewill
Jan 26, 2019

I love this book. I found so much of my childhood self in Jessamy, and grew through this character's pain. The ending is ambiguous, but I'm starting to suspect that is much of Oyeyemi's point, with magical realism and magical thinking being expertly wielded by the author. The world of "reality," with it's demand for neat little endings and easily digestible characters is easily cast aside. This author is truly gifted.

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RebeccaI
Jan 28, 2011

Beautifully and sensitively written.

EPLPicks_Teen Mar 15, 2010

written by a teen author - age 18

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