Little Rot

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$29.00  $26.97
Riverhead Books
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6.36 X 9.28 X 1.03 inches | 1.03 pounds
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About the Author
Akwaeke Emezi (they/them) is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Death of Vivek Oji, which was a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award; Pet, a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, a Walter Honor Book, and a Stonewall Honor Book; Freshwater, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and short-listed for the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize; Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir, which won the 2022 ALA Stonewall Book Award-Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award; and most recently, Content Warning: Everything, their debut poetry collection; Bitter, their second young adult novel; and You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty, their debut romance novel. Selected as a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation and featured on the cover of Time as a Next Generation Leader, they are based in liminal spaces.
Praise for Little Rot

"A masterwork...mesmerizing...We come away troubled, unsettled -- and in some subtle way changed."-The New York Times Book Review

"A gritty yet hypnotic novel about a web of loosely connected friends grappling with hidden desires in Lagos. . . Emezi portrays the African city as a corrupting force--but only because falling from grace is so painfully, exquisitely human." -Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"[H]as the dark twists and pace of a thriller, the ambitious scope of literary fiction, the language of poetry and the yearning of romance...[T]he blend of melodrama, peril and existential angst in Little Rot is shockingly entertaining and beautifully wrought."-Los Angeles Times

"Drama, mystery, beautiful clothes, expensive cars, explosive sex...Emezi takes readers to an abyss from which there is no escape."-Kirkus Reviews

"Emezi unspools a web of erotic danger...readers in search of a decadent good time will find it here."-Publishers Weekly

"Little Rot hurtles toward devastation, but even as you anticipate the horrors ahead, the escapist thriller-style pacing will keep you pushing on."-BookPage

"Multimedia polymath and gender-norm disrupter Emezi. . . examines taboo and trauma in their creative work...Emezi can be counted upon for an ambience of dread and a feverish momentum." -The Millions

"Emezi is a genius, IMHO. . . Super queer, disturbing and unflinching, Emezi's latest will leave you uncomfortably questioning morality, power, sex and, well, humanity as a whole." -Ms Magazine

"Prolific and brilliant multigenre Nigerian author Akwaeke Emezi is back with a novel chronicling the end of a relationship and a sex party that throws its characters into chaos. Read everything Emezi writes!"-Autostraddle

Praise for Akwaeke Emezi

"Akwaeke Emezi parts the seas of the self." --Vanity Fair

"A writer of startling versatility." --R. O. Kwon, New York Times Book Review

"Emezi is a dazzling literary talent whose works cut to the quick of the spiritual self." --Esquire

"A once-in-a-generation voice" --Vulture

"Emezi is a beacon of literary genius." --The Lambda Literary Review

"One of our greatest living writers" --Shondaland

"Extraordinarily powerful." --Edwidge Danticat, The New Yorker

"A major talent." --San Francisco Chronicle