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The Death of Vivek Oji

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Named one of the year’s most anticipated books by The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, BuzzFeed, and more

What does it mean for a family to lose a child they never really knew?


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
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Expected publication: August 4th 2020 by Faber & Faber
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3/2/20
Stayed up till 4:30 AM to finish this beauty and have been crying for a good half an hour over it. What a joy it is to know that people such as Emezi are in this world. I know how it is often said that books transform you, but I've never had that feeling as strongly as I had with this book. Not only is their prose phenomenal, but Emezi has an excellent command of the narrative, adding just the right amount of prose secondary to the main
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Meike
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nigeria, 2020-read
With their new book, Emezi has written an emotional drama, a work of social criticism, and a very effective suspense novel that revolves around an actual death, but also around another mystery: The dynamic of human relationships, in all their flawed glory. Growing up in Aba, Vivek Oji is the beloved son of a Nigerian father and an immigrant mother from India, and as we learn from both the title of the book and the first sentence, the young man dies - but how and why? This question drives the ...more
Jonathan
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 HUGE STARS


. “Love and guilt sometimes taste the same, you know”
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The Death of Vivek Oji is a poignant and tantalizing novel that wraps you up in its web of characters and feeds on you with carnivorous force, all while softening your heart and mind to a world outside of the normal social constraints we have been conditioned to. Akwaeke Emezi has created a suspenseful, intellectual, and philosophical work that shows a true talent at the height of their ability. Stunningly Emezi builds these
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Jillian Doherty
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm still reeling from the ending! Like enduring a tornado's intensity to look up and see you're standing in the center eye - calmness and powerful now all seen with clear understanding swirling around you at once.

A story as emotional as it sharply told.

This story creates characters, then reveals their true nature- hidden behind social masks worn to make others feel more comfortable with what they don't understand.
I love how even though this novel takes place in a certain place, with specific
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Lisa
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can Emezi keep up this streak of just getting better and better with each book? The Death of Vivek Oji is a wonder! Poignant, beautiful, harsh, and full of golden light.
Nadia
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am, without doubt, an Emezi fan, and this latest book only makes me further admire their work. Aside from the beautiful prose and character building, one of the things I love most about reading Emezi is knowing that they are not going to create clean borders or tidy classifications. Nothing is exactly one thing, and even those things which may appear to be will never be named. Read Emezi for their use and restraint of language, their complex characters, and for the feeling which will linger ...more
Anneke
Feb 05, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I just got notified about this new book coming out by one of my favorite authors, Akwaeke Emezi. It’s coming out in August, 2020 and is available for request on NetGalley. I put in my request. I wish there was a place you could click to tell the publisher: “I’m BEGGING you for this book.” One way or another, I can’t wait to read it!
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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I will post that review - which will be glowing because this book is beautiful - upon publication.
Lydia
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book I've read by Akwaeke, and now I need to go back and read their first two. Was amazing.
Anne
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this!
Leo
Dec 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
I still haven’t read a single book by Akwaeke Emezi (shame on me!), but that won’t stop me from adding this one to my tbr.
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