The Death Of Vivek Oji
By Akwaeke Emezi
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR’S CHOICE
LONGLISTED FOR THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE
“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
This story takes place in Nigeria. Ahunna and Chika hear a noise on their porch one afternoon and assume someone has come to visit. When they open the door they find their son Vivek’s body. He is dead and has been wrapped in a colorful fabric and left on the front porch. The family struggles to come to terms with Vivek’s life, as well as his death.
Akwaeke Emezi has a gift. Her plot keeps you interested, but it is her well-drawn characters that make her a special writer.