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Originally from: Born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria
Fun fact: In addition to being a writer, Akwaeke Emezi is also a video artist
Book from Sora
Publication Date: 2019
There are no monsters anymore, or so the children in Lucille are taught. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with the lesson that the city is safe for everyone. But when Jam meets Pet, a creature who some might call monstrous but, in reality, is anything but, she must reconsider what she's been told. Pet has emerged from one of her mother's paintings to hunt a true monster--and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption's house. No one has encountered monsters in years, though, and Jam's quest to protect her best friend and uncover the truth is met with doubt and disbelief. This award-winning novel from a rising-star author asks: What really makes a monster, and how do you save the world from something if no one will admit it exists?
“I only belong in places I create. And that has been, I think, the most important thing I’ve learned in my brief life so far, is that I can make worlds. That’s literally my job is to make worlds. I can make them for myself, I can make them for other people, I can put them in books. So instead of searching for other people to give me a place to belong I just bent one into existence myself.”
- The Otherwise Award (formerly the Tiptree Award)
- Ilube Nommo Award
- Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa
- Stonewall Book Award