Rooted Elsewhere

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Most of the rest of the stories in What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours are linked, with major characters in one story later turning up as minor characters in another. This loose, multiracial, polymorphously perverse, generation-spanning cast lives mostly in present-day England, but they have roots elsewhere. Anton grew up in “a country that’s not even sure it’s really a country,” a “ridiculous place” where “every day there was news that made you say, ‘Oh really.’

At Salon, Laura Miller reviews Helen Oyeyemi’s new book of short stories, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours.


Olivia Wetzel is a student taking time off to live and work in San Francisco. If she could be any animal, she’d be a penguin. She’s never eaten pepperoni before, and one of her feet is a whole size bigger than the other. More from this author →