The Death of Vivek Oji

Book Review: The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi is a beautiful novel about love, loss, and finding your true self. Set in Nigeria, the story focuses on Vivek, his life and mysterious death, and his family, especially his cousin Osita. While alive, Vivek struggles to express both his personhood and his love for others. While his mother, Kavita, and father, Chika, want Vivek to fit the mold of a young Nigerian man, that is not his destiny. The story takes us back and forth in time to weave together Vivek’s life with those around him.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s heartbreaking and the characters show a deep sense of vulnerability, which made them feel even more real. Akwaeke Emezi is a wonderful writer.

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