Akwaeke Emezi’s, Pet, is a follow-up to her award-winning autobiographical debut novel, Freshwater. The soon to be released body of work will be the acclaimed Nigerian-born writer and video artist’s debut young adult novel.
Akwaeke Emezi’s, Pet, unlike Freshwater, is a work of fiction which follows the story of Jam and Redemption, two residents of a fictional city called Lucille, that have been brought up with the lesson that monsters do not exist anymore.
Questions arise when Jam’s blood awakens a creature from her mother’s painting, Pet, whose mission it is to hunt a monster. Jam must then reconsider the truths she has been taught, the book thus encouraging us to think about the choices we are left with when the society we live in is in denial.
Alongside pet, the author also has another novel, The Death of Vivek Oji in the works.
Akwaeke Emezi’s, Pet, is published by Make Me a World/Random House Children’s Books (US)/ Faber & Faber (UK) and is scheduled to hit the counters on September 10, 2019.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and video artist based in liminal spaces. She is a 2018 National Book Foundation ‘5 Under 35’ honoree and her debut autobiographical novel FRESHWATER is currently a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and long-listed for the Aspen Words Literary Prize.
Born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria, Emezi was awarded a Global Arts Fund grant in 2017 for the video art in their project The Unblinding, and a Sozopol Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction. Her writing has been published by T Magazine, Dazed Magazine, The Cut, Buzzfeed, Granta Online, Vogue.com, and Commonwealth Writers, among others. Her memoir work was included in The Fader’s ‘Best Culture Writing of 2015’ (‘Who Will Claim You?’) and their experimental short UDUDEAGU won the Audience Award for Best Short Experimental at the 2014 BlackStar Film Festival.
Emezi is currently making video art and working on her fourth and fifth novels.