Book club discussion of Emezi's 2020 novel, The Death of Vivek Oji
From 5.30 pm until 6.30 pm
SPL book club meets on the fourth Monday of every month. February kicks off a yearlong exploration of recently published books by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) women. Titles alternate between fiction and nonfiction. To join our Zoom discussions, register below.
The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi
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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