Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir by Emezi, Akwaeke

Akwaeke Emezi

Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir

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FEATURED ON THE COVER OF TIME MAGAZINE AS A 2021 NEXT GENERATION LEADER A full-throated and provocative memoir in letters from the New York Times...

FEATURED ON THE COVER OF TIME MAGAZINE AS A 2021 NEXT GENERATION LEADER

A full-throated and provocative memoir in letters from the New York Times bestselling author

In three critically acclaimed novels, Akwaeke Emezi has introduced readers to a landscape marked by familial tensions, Igbo belief systems, and a boundless search for what it means to be free. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, the bestselling author of The Death of Vivek Oji reveals the harrowing yet resolute truths of their own life. Through candid, intimate correspondence with friends, lovers, and family, Emezi traces the unfolding of a self and the unforgettable journey of a creative spirit stepping into power in the human world. Their story weaves through transformative decisions about their gender and body, their precipitous path to success as a writer, and the turmoil of relationships on an emotional, romantic, and spiritual plane, culminating in a book that is as tender as it is brutal.

Electrifying and inspiring, animated by the same voracious intelligence that distinguishes Emezi's fiction, Dear Senthuran is a revelatory account of storytelling, self, and survival.

"A once-in-a-generation voice." --Vulture

"One of our greatest living writers." --Shondaland

"A dazzling literary talent whose works cut to the quick of the spiritual self" --Esquire

Award: Stonewall Book Award - Winner

Akwaeke Emezi is an honoree on the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 list, a long-list nominee for the Carnegie Medal of Excellence, and a short-list nominee for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. They continue to receive accolades for their adult debut, Freshwater, and their sophomore adult novel, The Death of Vivek Oji, which was an instant New York Times bestseller. Born in Umuhai and raised in Aba, Nigeria, Akwaeke holds two degrees, including an MPA from New York University, and lives in liminal spaces.

Genre
Nonfiction
Pages
240 / 368 (LPPB)
Publisher
Riverhead Books / Random House Large Print Publishing (LPPB)
Publication Date
June 7, 2022
ISBN
9780593329207 (PB) and 9780593329191 (HC)

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