The Death of Vivek Oji

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.

All My Mother's Lovers

All My Mother’s Lovers is a sweeping account of grief and growth, generational divides and assumptions, and a journey toward understanding not only how little we truly know our parents, but how trying to know them can lead us to know ourselves. When Maggie Kraus’s mother Iris dies, Maggie discovers, along with Iris’s will, five sealed envelopes, addressed to five mysterious men—all of whom are strangers to Maggie and her brother Ariel.


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