A raw exploration of identity that shatters boundaries and explodes the way we think about the idea of the self
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‘Unlike anything I’ve read . . . Remarkable.’ Roxane Gay
‘An audacious sojourn through the terror and beauty of refusing to explain yourself. ‘ New York Times
In letters addressed to their friends, to members of their family – both biological and chosen – and to fellow storytellers, Akwaeke describes the shape of a life lived in overlapping realities. Through heartbreak, chronic pain, intimacy with death, becoming a beast, this is embodiment as a nonhuman: outside the boundaries imposed by expectations and legibility. This book is an account of the grueling work of realignment and remaking necessary to carve out a future for oneself.
The result is a Black spirit memoir: a powerful, raw unfolding of identity.
‘One of the year’s most anticipated memoirs . . . Radical and powerful . . . Raw and demanding space, this is a must-buy.’
Dear Senthuran…was not written for you or for me; Emezi is not concerned with such earthly things. This is a book about terms, and the agency we can afford ourselves by doing away with them altogether. It is also an audacious sojourn through the terror and beauty of refusing to explain yourself in the relentless pursuit of self-actualization.
A thing of great beauty . . . Dear Senthuran is about powerful excellence, especially the excellence that appears in bodies that aren’t white and aren’t male. Emezi is changing the world and our reaction to this kind of power.
n illuminating account of storytelling, self, and survival.
High-voltage . . . a remarkable memoir by a writer who doesn’t shy away from sharing their ambitions or their vulnerabilities.
A must-read memoir about creativity and identity.
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