The Death of Vivek Oji – Akwaeke Emezi
Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize
‘Astonishing.’ – Stylist
‘Electrifying.’ – O: The Oprah Magazine
‘Brilliant and heartbreaking.’ – Marie Claire
‘Propulsive and resonant.’ – Esquire
They burned down the market on the day Vivek Oji died. One afternoon, a mother opens her front door to find the length of her son’s body stretched out on the veranda, swaddled in akwete material, his head on her welcome mat. The Death of Vivek Oji transports us to the day of Vivek’s birth, the day his grandmother Ahunna died.
It is the story of an over protective mother and a distant father, and the heart-wrenching tale of one family’s struggle to understand their child, just as Vivek learns to recognize himself. Teeming with unforgettable characters whose lives have been shaped by Vivek’s gentle and enigmatic spirit, it shares with us a Nigerian childhood that challenges expectations. This novel, and its celebration of the innocence and optimism of youth, will touch all those who embrace it.
What readers are saying:
‘The book is so beautifully written and I’ve never read anything like it ever before.’
‘This is a gorgeously written story of identity, sexuality, love, grief, friendship, and the need to live the life you want, even in a country where doing so might be deadly…’
(Goodreads reader reviews)