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February 28, 2014 1:00 PM

Family secrets lurk in ‘Boy, Snow, Bird,’ an inventive take on Snow White

As in the time-honored tale “Little Snow-White,” a mother dies shortly after giving birth to a beautiful daughter “white as snow,” and a stepmother is threatened by her stepdaughter’s beauty. This story is not told in the stark fashion of the Grimm brothers, but with originality and humor by the Nigerian-born, London-raised Oyeyemi.

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