Reading… What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

A little while ago, I was sent a proof copy of Helen Oyeyemi’s short story collection, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, and I really, really loved it.

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Though the short stories stand separately, some characters pop up in different stories, and each story centres around a lock or a key. Because of these crossovers, the collection feels more like a novel in the same sense as something like Cloud Atlas. The stories are linked but not linked, which means they can jump around different places and times without feeling disconnected.

Oyeyemi’s writing is, as ever, spectacular, and every story is crafted beautifully. As a collection, it’s difficult to say “oh, you’ll like it if you like xyz,” because the stories are all so different. You’ll like it if you like fantastically written short stories, and sequences that feel like dreams followed by sequences that feel like nightmares. Basically, you probably ought to just read it.

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