‘books and roses’ by Helen Oyeyemi

The most liberated of all contemporary story writers, Helen Oyeyemi does exactly as she pleases, breaking rules and hearts along the way. This twisted story of keys and locks and love and flowers is a pulsating, yearning and utterly captivating narrative that swerves and feints until it arrives at a beautiful, superbly wrought ending.

First published on Granta.com, November 2014, and available to subscribers. Collected in What is not yours is not yours, Picador, 2016

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