Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir (Hardcover)

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Emezi is an obanje— an Igbo spirit born to a human mother— who wants to die. Each chapter in Dear Senthuran is letters addressed to a friend, an ex-lover, a fictional young writer, their human mother, Toni Morrison, among others. Emezi writes about not humbling themself when they know better, friendship, embodiment as a god and their nonhuman affirming surgeries, writing, being loved and being lonely, decadence, casting spells and watching them come true. Improbably, impossibly, this book reads like a thriller. Like Morrison, they are standing on the border and claiming it as central. Run towards them. -Ellis

— From Summer/Fall Booknotes 2021



"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.

About the Author

Akwaeke Emezi (they/them) is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Death of Vivek Oji, which was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize; Pet, a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature; and Freshwater, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. Selected as a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation, they are based in liminal spaces.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593329191
ISBN-10: 0593329198
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: June 8th, 2021
Pages: 240
Language: English