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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Peaces 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.

This is a brilliant, wise, strange and, above all, beautiful novel.

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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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
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Disconcerting, captivating, disorienting, yet somehow grounded by universal questions about what makes us human.

Publishers Weekly
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Like all of Oyeyemi’s novels, Peaces goes to places in fiction that feel almost impossible.

The New Republic
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Truly, God bless Helen Oyeyemi . . . This is a playful book, but it’s also a profoundly unsettling one.

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A madcap existential mystery at the center of which are questions about how we see others and what it means to be seen or not seen.

The Los Angeles Review of Books

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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