Dear Senthuran

A black spirit memoir

Paperback, 240 pages

English language

Published by Riverhead Books.

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3 stars (1 review)

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, …

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Way too confused. Don't trust the stars.

3 stars

I mean, I love them and I was waiting for this book soooo much.

But it ends up being letters to family and friends in which they discuss many personal things. Things we already know because they inevitably became part of their previous books already.

On top of that, we sadly get to know more of them. A darker side in my opinion. One that is so attached to money and capital and possessiveness of all sorts.

It made me feel very uncomfortable sometimes. Especially given this is a book covered in magic written by a god.

I would say read anything else from Emezi but this.