Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir

Category: Book
By (author): Emezi, Akwaeke
  NON-FICTION / General
Publisher: Riverhead
Published: June 2021
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 0.59in
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From The Publisher*"[One] of our greatest living writers." -Shondaland

Named a Most Anticipated Book of the Year by Harper's Bazaar, BuzzFeed, The Advocate, Lit Hub, Book Page, and Paperback Paris

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.

"Fiery. . . . a remarkable memoir by a writer who doesn't shy away from sharing their ambitions or their vulnerabilities." -Booklist

"A unique, visceral memoir. . . . Tribal spiritual beliefs meet contemporary literary acclaim in a powerful memoir." -Kirkus

"An intimate, disarming diary of transcendence, of wielding magic hidden deep within the marrow of our bones, and the spells we cast when we obey the work of honoring the unpretty truths of one's beginnings, Dear Senthuran is a swan song of survival written for survivors everywhere." -Paperback Paris


"[One] of our greatest living writers." -Shondaland
"Akwaeke Emezi parts the seas of the self."  -Vanity Fair
"Remarkably assured and graceful . . . encourage[s] us to embrace
a fuller spectrum of human experience." -The Washington Post
"Emezi has a gift for prose that is often as visceral,
tender and heartbreaking  as what it describes" -The Guardian
"Extraordinarily powerful." -The New Yorker
"Dazzling." -Los Angeles Times
"A beacon of literary genius." -Lambda Literary Review
"Name a writer more essential to the recent landscape of contemporary fiction-and more prolific-than Akwaeke Emezi has been over the last five years. . . . I'll wait."
-Harper's Bazaar
Biographical NoteAkwaeke 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.