The Death of Vivek Oji

The Death of Vivek Oji

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The Death of Vivek Oji is a tale that whirs around the mysterious death of a young Nigerian man, Vivek Oji. As a child in the 1990s, Vivek secretly identifies as a girl, the psychological strain of which causes Vivek to slip into blackouts. Only his close male cousin, Osita, recognizes the seriousness of these fugue states. (Vivek's parents dismiss them as "quiet spells.") As a teenager, Vivek grows his hair long in defiance of gender expectations, and Emezi affectingly explores the harm of threats to Vivek's gender expression from other boys and men, who sling insults and glass bottles at him on the street. As Vivek finds solace in his female friends and Osita, he discovers he is not the only one with secrets. After his death, the heartbreaking details of which are gradually revealed, the other characters learn more about his secret life -- Publisher's Weekly
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2020
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780525541608
0525541608
Characteristics: 248 pages ; 22cm

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