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The Death of Vivek Oji Named one of the year s most anticipated books by The New York Times, Harper s Bazaar, BuzzFeed, and 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 story of one family s struggle to understand a child whose spirit is both gentle and mysterious Raised by a distant father and an understanding 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 enjoyed the story, but wantedfrom the writing and the charactersRTC READING VLOG 3 2 20Stayed 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 storyl READING VLOG 3 2 20Stayed 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 storyline to paint an evenvivid picture As the title states, this book is about The Death of Vivek Oji, but it is also perhaps evenso about Vivek s life and the people around them Many of the main characters are coming of age and are feeling the restrictions that society thrusts upon all of us One of the many reasons as to why I cherish this book is that it shows people doors to possibilities, they might not have even thought existed and if that s not a hell of an achievement, I don t know what else is READ THIS BOOK WHEN IT COMES OUT.1 2 20The time has come My ARC came in the mail this week and I couldn t have had a better start to Black history Month with this book Blessed27 12 19Oh my gosh, I can t believe I will be getting a copy in a couple of weeks BRUH, once I have this in my hands, I m going to inhale that story in one go and14 12 19I am simply OBSESSED with Akwaeke, I need this in my life right now I can t wait 15 9 19I am here for it I m currently reading Pet and it s such an amazing story, can t wait to readof Emezi s work You can find me onYoutube Instagram Twitter Tumblr Website Freshwater was a very stylized bit of emotional brutality whose jaggedy flow i loved but totally understand why other readers might not this one, though this is how you win book awards, court book clubs, AND make your goddamned name this is an undeniable stunner you ve read the title of this book, so i don t need to worry that i will spoil anything by saying that this is aboutthe death of vivek oji, in both the literal and figurative senses but it is NOT 248 pages of him gasping out his l Freshwater was a very stylized bit of emotional brutality whose jaggedy flow i loved but totally understand why other readers might not this one, though this is how you win book awards, court book clubs, AND make your goddamned name this is an undeniable stunner you ve read the title of this book, so i don t need to worry that i will spoil anything by saying that this is aboutthe death of vivek oji, in both the literal and figurative senses but it is NOT 248 pages of him gasping out his last breaths while his skin cools and his heart stops his death the how and why of that single moment, is not the primary focus, it slike the maypole around which the colorful narrative strands of vivek s before and after are wrapped the details of his short life and what losing him does to those he leaves behind like your own death, you never forget his is there, looming, but it s only the anchor the backbone holding all the storymeat in place.it s very confident and unhurried in its storytelling nonlinear without being confusing, full of empathy and tenderness, beautifully written and accessible, with some of the most relatable depictions of grief i ve ever read It was impossible not to miss him when I was with her it was as if someone had driven a shovel into my chest, then levered it out again, taking up all it could hold, leaving a screaming mess behind.it s a departure from the broken glass tone and structure of Freshwater but shares its themes of sexual and gender identity, and the idea of permeable borders between bodily states, life and death, etc however, it is muchstraightforward than their debut a coming of age type of story about friendship, family, first love, courage and conviction like Freshwater, there s an emphasis on otherness, but here cast in a muchpositive light whereas Freshwater was all about alienation and isolation, here we have the the nigerwives a group of foreign born women married to nigerian men and raising their children in a country not their own these women turn their otherness into a bond building a community out of what sets them apart and providing an extended, chosen family for their children these children of the nigerwives vivek and his friends were so charmingly written, their relationships sweet and light and fiercely loyal it s a bit like seanan mcguire s wayward children series sans magic these mixed race, sexually spectrummy, supportive oddball kinds of kids, most especially twin sisters olunne and somto reminding me of sumi and her confection ate ways Somto swiped a fingerful of icing from another and licked it You don t have to eat the whole thing, she said She still hasn t learned how to put a normal amount of sugar in them I put the cupcake down and shook my head I can feel my teeth rotting already Olunne leaned over and picked the sugar dragonfly off the cupcake, popping it into her mouth That was how we found each other again, in a blocked off room filled with yellowing light two bubblegum fairies there to drag me out of my cave, carrying oversweet wands I don t know how deep I would have sunk if not for them I wish I d told themoften how much that mattered to me.the novel alternates between first person POVs of vivek and his cousin osita with third person om narr chapters weaving between them, and emezi balances the different voices and timelines well, building tension by doling out hints and foreshadowing without letting it clutter up the narrative flow it s such smooth, accomplished storytelling, all tender hopes and palpable griefs, and i am so ready forfrom them come to my blog 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 nar 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 narrative, and the author does a fantastic job keeping readers on the edge of their seats Told in alternating chapters by an omniscient narrator, Vivek s cousin Osita and Vivek himself, we learn that Vivek was born wih a mark on his foot that looks exactly like the scar of his grandmother who died the day he came into the world Also, he is tormented by an enigmatic illness which drives him into a deep depression as it turns out, Vivek is queer and gendervariant and doesn t know how to live his truth I m not using they as a pronoun at this point the book will tell you why Also, Vivek feels a strong, mystical connection to his deceased grandmother Emezi shows how the people around him struggle with Vivek s timid attempts to show and speak himself, including his feminine side The novel shines when the author writes about the complicated relationships between friends and family, their love, their friendship and their sexual relationships, straight and queer These characterizations and dynamics are extremely well drawn and render the novelaccessible than theabstract Freshwater the people we encounter frequently have strong emotional plasticity and experience both failure and growth, which makes it exciting to follow their journeys The concept of otherness is also explored in the form of the Nigerwives, foreign women who are married to Nigerian men Quite a few of them feature in the text and their stories illustrate the challenges they are facing in their roles as immigrant wives The author themselves was not only raised in Aba, they are also half Tamil, a half caste which is the term used in the novel , like Vivek and many of his friends Another group that is othered and thus excluded are the Northerners who have different clothes and customs than the people living in the South of the country where Aba is located Emezi is especially hinting at the conflicts between Hausa and Igbo In this context, Emezi shows the barbarity of necklacing , a lynching method where a petrol filled rubber tyre is put around a victim and set on fire, and in another instance, they describe the practice of religious exorcisms, which seems to be a problem in Nigeria This is a great novel, both full of heart and a real pageturnerWhy are you so afraid Because something is different from what you know , Vivek asks at one point but there are some people who know what he needsThey barely understood him themselves, but they loved him, and that had been enoughVivek hides things in The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, hinting at the possibility of a brighter future for gendervariant people I need to read that now, just as the two books Emezi cites as their inspiration, Toni Morrison s Love and Gabriel Garc a M rquez Chronicle of a Death Foretold

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