The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi


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

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What Our Bookseller Says:

“No one has the full story of how Vivek Oji died. He was the beloved son of a Nigerian father and an Indian immigrant woman. He is the bickering, loving cousin of Osita. He was in constant battle with his own mind and body. He was someone else entirely. The Death of Vivek Oji is more about life— the barriers and freedoms that come with living honestly, how a community all at once pushes against, welcomes, and destroys expressions of truth when the truth bends reality.”

– Niya

What the Publisher Says:

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.

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi
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