Helen Oyeyemi “The Opposite House”

June 22nd, 2007

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In Helen Oyeyemi‘s polished second novel “The Opposite House,” Maja is a 24-year-old black Cuban woman who has ended up in London, pregnant by her boyfriend Aaron, and strangely homesick for the country her family left behind when she was just a little girl.

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Maja’s life begins to parallel the story of Santeria goddess Aya, whose house has two doors — one leading out into London, the other directly into Lagos, Nigeria…

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