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Helen Oyeyemi

‘A writer of sentences so elegant that they gleam.’ – Ali Smith
The hugely anticipated new novel from the beloved author

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‘Intoxicating.’ New York Magazine
‘Oyeyemi is a master.’ New York Times
‘Welcome back to the magical, maddening milieu of Oyeyemi’s singular fiction, in which trapdoors spring open and revelations emerge like Russian nesting dolls. O, the Oprah Magazine

is the story of Otto and Xavier Shin, a couple who embark on a mysterious train journey that takes them far beyond any destination they could have anticipated. As the carriages roll along they discover each is more curious and fascinating than the last, becoming embroiled in this strange train and its intrigue. Who is Ava Kapoor, the sole full-time inhabitant of the train, and what is her relationship to a man named Prem? Are they passengers or prisoners? We discover who orchestrated the journey, hurtling them all into their past for clues.

Critic Reviews

It's hard not to feel like a passenger aboard this book . . . there are few writers who can match Oyeyemi's creative glee.

Critic Reviews

Oyeyemi is a master of leaps of thought and inference, of shifty velocity . . . Here, secrets are revealed, skirmishes ensue, and at the book’s end the story lands more Patricia Highsmith than Agatha Christie: a maze of identity and desire that has an ending, but not a solution.

Alexandra Kleeman, New York Times
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The queen of magic realism . . . funny, inventive and alluring.

i Newspaper
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Oyeyemi’s abilities as a writer have outlived the hype that once overshadowed them . . . It’s the unpredictability of this journey that lends the story its emotional life force.

New Statesman
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Playful and puzzling . . . bewildering and bewitching.

Daily Telegraph
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Intoxicatingly romantic . . . Peaces is elliptical and strange and funny, and despite its Wes Anderson–like setting, it’s a very bleak little cautionary tale. It proposes that failing to grasp someone’s essential self is pernicious and contagious, that we mistake outlines and portraits for bodies and souls.

New York Magazine

Helen Oyeyemi is the author of The Icarus Girl, The Opposite House, White is for Witching (which won the Somerset Maugham Award), Mr Fox, Boy, Snow, Bird, Gingerbread and the short story collection What is Not Yours is Not Yours. In 2013, Helen was included in Granta‘s Best of Young British Novelists. Her latest novel, Peaces, was published in 2021.

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