Akwaeke Emezi

Finalist, 2019 National Book Awards
Honoree, 2018 5 Under 35

Akwaeke Emezi makes their young adult debut with Pet on the inaugural Make Me a World list. An honoree on the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35” list, a longlist nominee for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence, and a shortlist nominee for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, Akwaeke continues to receive accolades for their adult debut, Freshwater.
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Pet

ISBN 9780525647072 Make Me a World, Penguin Random House /

Acclaimed novelist Akwaeke Emezi makes their riveting and timely young adult debut with a book that asks difficult questions about what choices you can make when the society around you is in denial. More about this book >

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Freshwater

ISBN 9780802127358 Grove Atlantic

An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born "with one foot on the other side." More about this book >

  • HONOREE 5 Under 35 2018 >

    Selected by Carmen Maria Machado author photo, credit: Tom Storm PhotographyCarmen Maria Machado >

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2018 5 Under 35 Panel Discussion moderated by Ben Greenman


Akwaeke Emezi at the 2018 5 Under 35 Celebration

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Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi makes their young adult debut with Pet on the inaugural Make Me a World list. An honoree on the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” list, a longlist nominee for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence, and a shortlist nominee for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, Akwaeke continues to receive accolades for their adult debut, Freshwater. Their autobiographical novel also received rave reviews from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, and the Los Angeles Times, among others, as well as starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist. Their sophomore adult novel, The Death of Vivek Oji, is forthcoming in 2020 from Riverhead.

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