After receiving high praise for their award- winning novels, Akwaeke Emezi’s first nonfiction piece is an intimate and sincere reflection on their life as an ogbanje—an embodied spirit of the Igbo African ontology. Through a series of letters addressed to friends, loved ones, strangers, and almost-family, Emezi openly discusses the process of survival, authorship, and “worldbending” as a multidimensional being. A truly inspiring and instructive memoir for writers young and old.
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"A once-in-a-generation voice." - Vulture "One of our greatest living writers." - Shondaland
A full-throated and provocative memoir in letters from the New York Times
-bestselling author, "
a dazzling literary talent whose works cut to the quick of the spiritual self." --Esquire
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 their fiction, Dear Senthuran
is a revelatory account of storytelling, self, and survival.