Helen Oyeyemi: The Opposite House (1759 words)

Chloe Buckley (Manchester Metropolitan University)
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Published in 2007, The Opposite House is Helen Oyeyemi’s second novel about the experience of migration. Oyeyemi’s first novel, The Icarus Girl, focused on a child, Jess, the daughter of a white British father and a black Nigerian mother, living in London. In The Opposite House, the protagonist is an adult. Maja, a black Cuban, also resides in London, having migrated to Britain as a child. Maja experiences feelings of dislocation and fragmentation as a result of her double displacement. In an interview, Oyeyemi describes Maja as “twice removed, removed from West Africa, removed from Cuba, and now she’s trying to kind of negotiate this placelessness” (Martin). Although Oyeyemi’s novels are not …

Citation: Buckley, Chloe. "The Opposite House". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 February 2015 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=35616, accessed 31 July 2021.]

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