Little Rot

Akwaeke Emezi

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Little Rot

Little Rot

Akwaeke Emezi

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A thrilling new novel from the bestselling, award-winning, visionary Akwaeke Emezi

One weekend.
The elite underbelly of a Nigerian city.
A party that goes awry.
A tangled web of sex and lies and corruption that leaves no one unscathed.

Aima and Kalu are a longtime couple who have just split. When Kalu, reeling from the breakup, visits an exclusive sex party hosted by his best friend, Ahmed, he makes a decision that will plunge them all into chaos, brutally and suddenly upending their lives. Ola and Souraya, two Nigerian sex workers visiting from Kuala Lumpur, collide into the scene just as everything goes to hell. Sucked into the city's corrupt and glittering underworld, they're all looking for a way out, fueled by a desperate need to escape the dangerous threat that looms over them.

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.

Critical Reviews

Praise for Little Rot

"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

"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 in their entertaining latest...readers in search of a decadent good time will find it here."- Publishers Weekly

"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

Publishing Information

Publisher: Riverhead Books
Pub date: 2024-06-18
Length: 288 pages

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