The Death of Vivek Oji

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ISBN: 9780525541608
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 4th, 2020


The way these characters and this family unfold around you is both exhilarating and tender. There's a feeling of both incredible momentum and a peaceful stillness that should be at odds with each other in one book, yet they dovetail together to celebrate the mingled beauty and terror of life and mortality, in particular one life: that of the unique and wonderful and tragic Vivek Oji.


Real Life

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ISBN: 9780525538882
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 18th, 2020


Real Life begins when Wallace, a graduate student at a predominantly white Midwestern University, decides to join his friends for an outing at the lake. Hyperobservant, intelligent, and depressed, Wallace has entered academia to earn a PhD in biochemistry—and to erase his past as a queer, black child in the rural south. Instead, over the course of a weekend, Wallace’s life unravels with the urgency and horror of a social thriller. Told with precision and nuance, Real Life,portrays the looming forces of racism and academic isolation alongside the sharpness of hidden personal trauma.


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The Tradition

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ISBN: 9781556594861
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 2nd, 2019


Jericho Brown came highly recommended. Between a Pulitzer prize and the rave reviews of a friend with excellent taste (Cafe Zing's very own Nicky!) I went into this collection with major expectations, and they were all exceeded. Jericho's words have burrowed into my brain, and I'm happy to have them.



Sex and Vanity

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ISBN: 9780385546270
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Published: Doubleday - June 30th, 2020


I started reading this on a Saturday and was not immediately taken with it, but by Sunday night, I found that I finished the entire novel. Author, Kevin Kwan, has an intoxicating way of writing that makes you wish you were in his novels and I guess that's what happened to me!



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