Synopses & Reviews
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.
A brilliant first novel, both lyrical and compelling, about twins, doubles and ghosts and a little girl growing up between cultures and colours. It will appeal to fans of Mark Haddon and Zadie Smith. The rights have been sold in ten countries. 'An astonishing achievement... simple, well-drawn characters, crisp dialogue and an enviable grasp of the rudiments of storytelling' "Sunday Telegraph"