Fort Greene store:
Monday, March 11, 7:30 PM
Helen Oyeyemi presents Gingerbread
In conversation with MJ Franklin
Refreshments reception to follow
The prize-winning, bestselling author of Boy, Snow, Bird, and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours returns to Greenlight with Gingerbread, her bewitching and inventive new novel. Influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children’s stories, beloved novelist Helen Oyeyemi invites readers into a delightful tale of a surprising family legacy, in which the inheritance is a recipe. As the book follows Harriet and Perdita Lee through encounters with jealousy, ambition, family grudges, work, wealth, and real estate, gingerbread seems to be the one thing that reliably holds a constant value. “Oyeyemi so expertly melds the everyday, the fantastic, and the eternal, we have to ask if the line between ‘real’ and ‘unreal’ is murkier than we imagined—or to what extent a line exists at all” (New York Times Book Review). The novel is endlessly satisfying and surprising, written with Oyeyemi’s inimitable style and imagination. Oyeyemi discusses Gingerbread with Brooklyn-based journalist and New York Times social editor MJ Franklin.