All in Good Storytime 📚 Episode 28

All in Good Storytime is an interactive, bookish, book club podcast hosted by Alanna, Katya, and Tia. To join the club, make sure you're following us on Twitter to get updates on what book we're reading and to what chapter we are reading through (or what anime we're watching and what episode we are watching through), and listen to the podcast here or on iTunes (see link below) to join in on the discussion. And don't forget to read along!

In the 28th episode of All in Good Storytime, we discuss White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi up to the section "Jennifer Silver." In these chapters, we are introduced to the Silver family, composed of twins Miranda and Eliot, recently deceased mother Lily, and father Luc. Together they run a bed and breakfast in England. Miranda suffers from pica, a disorder characterized by the appetite for non-nutritional substances, and following the death of her mother, her condition is worsened and she is briefly hospitalized in a psychiatric facility. It is also clear that other Silver women have had this disorder and have been generally mentally unwell.

We begin by discussing how pica is not a quirky character trait and regardless of any supernatural elements, witches, or ghosts, Miranda is going to die from an intestinal obstruction. We examine the role of the House as a sentient narrator as well as to what end it is communicating with the other characters in the story. We end by theorizing that Miranda will eat the house.

Next week, we will be reading from section "Jennifer Silver" up to (not through) section "Sade" of White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi.

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