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Dear Senthuran

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Dear Senthuran by Akwaeke Emezi
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Jun 08, 2021 | ISBN 9780593329191

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“A thing of great beauty . . . Dear Senthuran is about powerful excellence, especially the excellence that appears in bodies that aren’t white and aren’t male. Emezi is changing the world and our reaction to this kind of power.”  —The Paris Review

“Unlike anything I’ve read. There are many magnificent parts where the language, the insight, the writing are simply unparalleled. They also are fearlessly open about identity, success, human frailty, mental health, destructive decisions that are sometimes necessary to achieve a greater goal. [And] they are remarkably clear- eyed about the best and worst parts of themselves. . . . This is a remarkable memoir and really expands possibilities for the genre.” —Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist

“Written in imagistic language that is both poetic and crystalline, Dear Senthuran is an honest and lyrical accounting of a boundless mind exploring the wide expanse of creativity and experience. Authentic and vulnerable, the writing winds through the depths of wrenching wounds, but also explores the beauty in not pretending to be less that one truly is.” NPR

“The writing is gorgeous and evocative, but it’s their unwavering self-belief that really inspires. Are they a god? Emezi tells us our opinions on that subject don’t matter. One thing is certain though: Their talent is clearly divine.” —BuzzFeed

“Fiery and diamond-hard, written by a once-in-a-generation voice.” Vulture

“A must-read memoir about creativity and identity.”Bustle

“A memoir that transcends expectation and challenges readers to explore our own flesh and spiritual multiplicities.” Them

“A memoir in letters, to various friends, lovers and family in Emezi’s life. . . . It’s like no memoir I’ve ever read before—in the best possible way.” Alma

“Hypnotic and poetic . . . In Dear Senthuran, Emezi generously shares both their wounds and their wisdom, offering aspiring writers and artists fresh inspiration for creating new forms of making, loving and being.” —Bookpage (starred review)

“Spellbinding . . . a gorgeous epistolary memoir [with] consistently captivating prose.” —Publishers Weekly

“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

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