A well-connected author on the rise: Akwaeke Emezi’s first adult novel, Freshwater, was buzzed about in Cosmopolitan, Elle, Huffpost, Esquire, Buzzfeed, and many other outlets, and received glowing reviews from the New York Times, the LA Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, and more.
Crossover appeal for fans of Freshwater.
A transgender protagonist whose gender identity isn’t the primary subject of the novel.
On the launch list for Christopher Myers’s Make Me a World imprint
A social media platform: With 28k followers on Instagram and 9.7k on Twitter, Akwaeke is accessible and engaged with their ever-growing number of fans.
Beautiful, literary magical realism, featuring powerful characters and a quick pace.
A New York Times Best Book of the Year
A Time Best Book of the Year
An NPR Favorite Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year
A BuzzFeed Best YA Book of the Year
Stonewall Book Award Winner
“The word hype was invented to describe books like this.” –Refinery29
“A unique science fiction tale.” –Essence
“With great tenderness, Pet questions a society silenced by denial.” –Observer
“Brilliant.” –The Washington Post
“By far the most striking of the [National Book Award] finalists is PET, a sinister morality tale by Akwaeke Emezi.” –The Wall Street Journal
“A riveting and timely work answering the questions about how you go about the world when the world around you is in denial.” –Out Magazine
“This soaring novel shoots for the stars and explodes the sky with its bold brilliance.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“A compelling, nuanced tale that fans of speculative horror will quickly devour.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“A riveting and important read that couldn’t be more well timed to our society’s struggles with its own monsters.” —School Library Journal, Starred Review
“Jam is also notable as a Black, trans protagonist in this important narrative that teens will want to read to gain some perspective on the modern political environment.” —The Bulletin, Starred Review
“Emezi’s characters are diverse in race, physical ability and especially gender…. Readers might see in Jam’s surroundings a version of a world that they, like Jam, might choose to fight for.” —BookPage, Starred Review
“A haunting and poetic work of speculative fiction.” —The Horn Book
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