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Publisher Description

Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award
One of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists
From the acclaimed author of What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, Gingerbread, and Peaces
There’s something strange about the Silver family house in the closed-off town of Dover, England. Grand and cavernous with hidden passages and buried secrets, it’s been home to four generations of Silver women—Anna, Jennifer, Lily, and now Miranda, who has lived in the house with her twin brother, Eliot, ever since their father converted it to a bed-and-breakfast. The Silver women have always had a strong connection, a pull over one another that reaches across time and space, and when Lily, Miranda’s mother, passes away suddenly while on a trip abroad, Miranda begins suffering strange ailments. An eating disorder starves her. She begins hearing voices. When she brings a friend home, Dover’s hostility toward outsiders physically manifests within the four walls of the Silver house, and the lives of everyone inside are irrevocably changed. At once an unforgettable mystery and a meditation on race, nationality, and family legacies, White is for Witching is a boldly original, terrifying, and elegant novel by a prodigious talent.

Fiction & Literature
February 4
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Abbrown ,

When gothic horror is as everyday as school romance

Helen Oyeyemi strikes a curiously dry balance between the mundane life of a modern family, with the usual troubles; a teenage girl with an eating disorder, a twin brother jealous of her casual brilliance; and the insidious hints of a fairytale madness which hunts down its victims with cold purpose and no regrets.

xandracaitlyn ,


I’ve never made a negative review for a book in my life. And I’ve read thousands. This book is terribly written and absolutely awful to follow. My family and I (all bookworms) chose it for our monthly “Book Club” and none of us could get through it.

I’m all for complex stories, I live for them, but this one is to the point that you spend the entire time trying to figure out who the heck is talking and what point of view it’s in to even spend a sliver of your mind following the “plot”.

If I could give negative stars.. I would.

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