The Death of Vivek Oji

The Death of Vivek Oji

Named one of the year’s most anticipated books by The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, BuzzFeed, and more

What does it mean for a family to lose a child they never really knew?


One afternoon, in a town in southeastern Nigeria, a mother opens her front door to discover her son’s body, wrapped in colorful fabric, at her feet. What follows is the tumultuous, heart-wrenching story of one family’s struggle to understand a child whose spirit is both gentle and mysterious. Raised by a distant father and an understanding but overprotective mother, Vivek suffers disorienting blackouts, moments of disconnection between self and surroundings. As adolescence gives way to adulthood, Vivek finds solace in friendships with the warm, boisterous daughters of the Nigerwives, foreign-born women married to Nigerian men. But Vivek’s closest bond is with Osita, the worldly, high-spirited cousin whose teasing confidence masks a guarded private life. As their relationship deepens—and Osita struggles to understand Vivek’s escalating crisis—the mystery gives way to a heart-stopping act of violence in a moment of exhilarating freedom.

Propulsively readable, teeming with unforgettable characters, The Death of Vivek Oji is a novel of family and friendship that challenges expectations—a dramatic story of loss and transcendence that will move every reader.

Title:The Death of Vivek Oji
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525541608
Format Type:

    The Death of Vivek Oji Reviews

  • The Artisan Geek

    ------------------ BOOK REVIEW -----------------2/8/20My video review is up on my YouTube channel :)------------------READING VLOG-----------------3/2/20Stayed up till 4:30 AM to finish this beauty an...

  • Gabby

    This book made me bawl my eyes out 😭 it was so good and so sad and so damn beautiful. Easy 5/5 for me. It reminded me quite a bit of A Little Life in a way, with the gorgeous thought provoking writ...

  • karen

    NOW AVAILABLE!!Freshwater was a very stylized bit of emotional brutality whose jaggedy flow i loved but totally understand why other readers might not. this one, though—this is how you win book awar...

  • Angela M

    3+ stars. One of the strengths of this novel is the writing, really beautiful prose and images. “If this story was a stack of photographs- the old kind, rounded at the corners and kept in albums und...

  • s.penkevich

    ‘It was the clearest terror and pleasure I had ever known.’Have you ever wondered what it felt like finishing a novel before it was dubbed a “Classic?” Upon turning the final page in Akwaeke E...

  • Larry H

    The Death of Vivek Oji , Akwaeke Emeze's newest novel, is easily one of the best, most powerful books I’ve read all year.One day in Nigeria a woman finds the body of her son, Vivek, on the porch ...

  • Thomas

    4 stars for a coming of age story in present day Nigeria. Vivek Oji is a young man whose body is discovered by his mother one day at her doorstep. His body has been wrapped in fabric. The story of his...

  • Elyse  Walters

    No spoilers...If I had read this book earlier...I might have written a - more descriptive review....[they have been done]. There is no reason to re-invent the wheel - when it doesn’t need reinventin...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    After being mesmerized by each chapter of Freshwater, I dived into the opportunity to read another brilliant work of the author!Reading this book made me feel like purchasing a ticket to a photography...

  • Diane S ?

    I wasn't immediately drawn into the novel, didn't feel like I really liked the character of Vivek. The writing was terrific though and I did like the setting of Nigeria. I kept reading and soon was im...