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The Icarus Girl

4 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Helen Oyeyemi

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Author: Helen Oyeyemi
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Anchor (April 11, 2006)
3 reviews about The Icarus Girl
review by . March 18, 2009
The Icarus Girl
    Eight-year old Jessamy Harrison has never been like the other girls at her school in Bromley, England. Daughter of a Nigerian mother and a British father, Jessamy is gifted, difficult, even peculiar, given to screaming tantrums and strange, febrile fevers. Jess spends hours alone, reading and drawing, seemingly content in her own company. Early in the novel, the family visits Nigeria, where a bevy of aunts, uncles and cousins await and, most significantly, her maternal grandfather, …
review by . February 08, 2009
This story is a little strange   although rather compelling   Right from the start it draws you in   with clever storytelling     Jess is only eight years old   and prone to misbehaving   Her parents think she needs a change   to stop her bouts of raving     Her mom is from Nigeria   Her dad's from the UK   They take a trip to Africa   for their next holiday     She …
review by . May 07, 2006
The story of a precocious 8 year-old girl seemingly unable to cope with the pressures of skipping a grade, The Icarus Girl opened strong and certainly captured my interest. Told from the perspective of the main character Jess, the story unfolds in an appropriately disjointed fashion as she moves between England and Nigeria. Her internalization of Nigerian folk-tales as she attempts to process emerging family secrets is well-drawn, and I certainly felt her pain as her world fractures around her. …
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