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The Death of Vivek Oji
A Novel
By (author): Akwaeke Emezi
9780525541608 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Family Life / General Aug 04, 2020
$36.00 CAD
Active 5.7 x 8.6 x 0.9 in | 0.82 lb 256 pages Riverhead Riverhead Books
 
The Dylan Thomas Prize 2021, Long-listed
What does it mean for a family to lose a child they never really knew? A dramatic and deeply moving novel by the internationally acclaimed author of Freshwater

They burned down the market on the day Vivek Oji died.

One afternoon, in a town in southeastern Nigeria, a mother opens her front door to discover her son’s body, wrapped in colorful fabric, at her feet. What follows is the tumultuous, heart-wrenching story of one family’s struggle to understanda child whose spirit is both gentle and mysterious. Raised by a distant father and a compassionate but overprotective mother, Vivek suffers disorienting blackouts, moments of disconnection between self and surroundings. As adolescence gives way to adulthood, Vivek finds solace in friendships with the warm, boisterous daughters of the Nigerwives, foreign-born women married to Nigerian men. But Vivek’s closest bond is with Osita, the worldly, high-spirited cousin whose teasing confidence masks a guarded private life. As their relationship deepens—and Osita struggles to understand Vivek’s escalating crisis—the mystery gives way to a heart-stopping act of violence in a moment of exhilarating freedom.

Propulsively readable, teeming with unforgettable characters, The Death of Vivek Oji is a novel of family and friendship that challenges expectations—a dramatic story of loss and transcendence that will move every reader.

Story Locale: Owerri, Nigeria

NEW FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE CELEBRATED FRESHWATER: Akwaeke Emezi’s first novel, Freshwater, was one of 2018’s true critical breakouts. A NYT Notable Book and Editor’s Choice, it was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, the NYPL Young Lions Award, the Lambda Literary Award, the Edmund White Award, and the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize.

AN ACCESSIBLE AND POWERFUL NOVEL OF FAMILY AND IDENTITY: With The Death of Vivek Oji, Emezi takes the complex and nuanced vision of identity and multiple consciousness first explored in Freshwater and applies it to a story that is far more direct—and fueled by a deeply compelling mystery that unfolds over the course of the novel, leading to a breathtaking final image.

EMEZI NOW A NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST: Emezi’s recent young adult debut, Pet,introduced their voice to a new generation of readers—to rapturous acclaim; it has recently been named a finalist for the National Book Award in the young adult category.

A LITERARY STAR WHOSE POWERFUL VOICE HAS EARNED HIGH-PROFILE EXPOSURE: Named both one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 and the NYPL’s Young Lions, Emezi has been profiled in Vogue (where they were photographed by Annie Leibovitz) and the New York Times (in the article “The Coming of Age of Transgender Literature”). One of today’s most visible trans/non-binary writers, Emezi has written movingly of identity and transition in the powerful story “Transition” for New York Magazine’s The Cut.

FRESHWATER TO HAVE NEW LIFE AS TV SERIES: FX is currently in development on a series based on Freshwater. Emezi is writing and executive-producing the series with Tamara P. Carter, whose credits include the HBO series The Leftovers.

Akwaeke Emezi is the author of the novel Freshwater, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award, the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize, the Wellcome Book Prize, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. Freshwater was also named a Best Book of the Year by The New Yorker, NPR, the Chicago Public Library, and BuzzFeed. Emezi’s second book, Pet, was a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Selected as a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation, Emezi has been profiled by Vogue (for which they were photographed by Annie Leibovitz) and by Vanity Fair as part of “The New Hollywood Guard.” Freshwater has been translated into ten languages and is currently in development as a TV series at FX, with Emezi writing and executive producing with Tamara P. Carter.

Author Residence: New Orleans, LA

Author Hometown: Aba, Nigeria

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Author Website: www.akwaeke.com/

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Praise for The Death of Vivek Oji:

“[A] dazzling, devastating story…A puzzle wrapped in beautiful language, raising questions of identity and loyalty that are as unanswerable as they are important.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Electrifying” O: The Oprah Magazine

“Brilliant…This is a book full of line-level beauty; a book of multiple perspectives, each rendered organically and fully; a book of mystery and community and love…. A special read that will not soon be forgotten.” —Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of Friday Black

“Remarkably assured and graceful…. Emezi has once again encouraged us to embrace a fuller spectrum of human experience.” —The Washington Post

“This affecting novel of self-invention…poses searching questions about gender and acceptance.” The New Yorker

“Instead of getting flattened by death, Vivek becomes more vivid on each page. He glows like the sun, impossible to look at directly yet utterly charismatic. I missed him when the novel was done.” —NPR

“One of the most highly acclaimed novels of 2020.”Newsweek

“Powerful…[a] slim book that contains as wide a range of experience as any saga — a little bit like Vivek’s brief yet gloriously expansive life.”  —Los Angeles Times

“One of the best books of 2020…. a vivid, propulsive experience…. about freedom and our capacity to imagine what it’s like to be someone else, or perhaps, more so, what it’s like to experience them as they are.” — Goop

“A testament to Emezi’s immense literary prowess.” Elle

“Equal parts heartwarming and emotionally shattering, the life and death of Vivek Oji is truly unforgettable.” —Teen Vogue

“Emezi has a gift for prose that is often as visceral, tender and heartbreaking as what it describes…. While the novel sets out to solve the mystery of Oji’s death, what gives it power is how it uncovers the story of a person shielded by the peace of self-acceptance against the pain of the world. Here is proof of what good fiction does best: it is an antidote to invisibility.”  —The Guardian

“Emezi’s tender prose deftly depicts the inner lives of Vivek, Osita and those around them…. While the mystery surrounding Vivek’s death is finally revealed towards the end of this spellbinding mystery, what proves most satisfying is all that is learnt in the search for truth.”  —Financial Times 

“Emezi is a beacon of literary genius… in Emezi’s skilled hands, the mosaic of love, pain, community, family, trauma, and beauty, that make the crown to which Vivek is the bloody jewel, is crafted into an unforgettable and deeply moving story.” —Lambda Literary

“A robust literary triumph…. A sensitively drawn, achingly beautiful portrayal of the boundaries of personal, gender and societal identities.”  —Chicago Review of Books 

“While there are many books that stay with us long after we put them down,The Death of Vivek Oji is as permanent as a tattoo.” —Paper Mag

“Equal parts brilliant and heartbreaking as readers are taken on a journey to discover the hidden parts of Vivek’s life and the mystery surrounding his death.” —Marie Claire 

“[One] of our greatest living writers, Akwaeke Emezi is back…. a story of chosen family, discovery, love, pain, grief, and how colonialism infects individuals and nations.” —Shondaland 

“Electrifying… The Death of Vivek Oji is a masterful contemplation on gender identity and fluidity, the heavy weight of shame, and the importance of having friends and family who accept you rather than attempt to ‘fix’ you.” — Salon

“Propulsive and resonant…. Emezi is a dazzling literary talent whose works cut to the quick of the spiritual self.” —Esquire 

“Although Akwaeke Emezi introduces us to Vivek Oji in death[,] it is his life that will resonate with readers, long after they’ve turned this book’s final page.” — Refinery29

“A work of elegant musicality and ingenuity [that draws] the reader into a world of memories, talismans, photographs, spirits, and intimacies.” —Myriam Gurba, Zora 

“A masterful winding and unwinding of the tethers of love, shame, identity, intimacy, and violence…. The story takes us into the intimate worlds of each character, with chapters moving fluidly between consciousness and the voice that sees all of them moving and making choices…. [The Death of Vivek Oji] made me want to live.” —Man Repeller

“The Death of Vivek Oji is an alchemy of personal family story and untouchable myth. It circles itself, like a shark preparing to take down its prey; reader, you will be disarmed.” —LitHub

“An astonishing book…With warmth and great detail, Emezi explores the complicated friction of cultural clashes and the loss of youthful innocence.” —Stylist

“A deep, tender look at a family unraveling around the tragic and early loss of someone they loved but never understood…. beautifully captures an ordinary family in all its loving, hurtful, messy glory.” —Shelf Awareness 

“Emezi offers a richly textured depiction of a middle-class community in Nigeria…Vividly written and deeply affecting.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Praise for Akwaeke Emezi:

“Dazzling.” —Los Angeles Times

 “Extraordinarily powerful.” —Edwidge Danticat, The New Yorker

“Remarkable and daring.” —The New York Times Book Review

“The arrival of a major talent.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Akwaeke Emezi parts the seas of the self.”  —Vanity Fair

 “Like watching the beginning of something big.” Vox

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