Title: The Death of Vivek Oji
Author: Akwaeke Emezi
Thoughts: What stands out to me more than anything else with this novel is the writing—it’s stunning. But it’s a complicated book that jumps between places and narrators, and I found there to be so many characters that I struggled to find any of them complete.
“Fresh starts were good; that separateness was where you could feel yourself, where you could learn who you were apart from everyone else.” (p. 8)
“I once tried to beat her at a footrace but it was useless, she moved like the ground was falling away beneath her feet, the future rushing toward her.” (p. 19)
“Alone is a feeling you can get used to, and it’s hard to believe in a better alternative” (p. 112)
“Her tenacity, he realized, was something he could learn from. How to stand in the face of actual fire and not run, how to do what it took for them to survive because she’d decided to.” (p. 158)