The Death of Vivek Oji

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Penguin, 2020 - Fiction - 256 pages
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR'S CHOICE

Electrifying. -- O: The Oprah Magazine

Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, USA TODAY, Vanity Fair, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Shondaland, Teen Vogue, Vulture, Lit Hub, Bustle, Electric Literature, and BookPage

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.

 

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
15
Section 3
38
Section 4
39
Section 5
49
Section 6
50
Section 7
70
Section 8
88
Section 13
130
Section 14
132
Section 15
144
Section 16
160
Section 17
162
Section 18
180
Section 19
195
Section 20
196

Section 9
89
Section 10
91
Section 11
110
Section 12
117
Section 21
209
Section 22
229
Section 23
244
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About the author (2020)

Akwaeke Emezi (they/them) is the author of The Death of Vivek Oji, a New York Times bestseller; Pet, a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature; and Freshwater, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. Selected as a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation, they are based in liminal spaces.

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