Just who was Vivek Oji and, how and why did he die? From the title and as the novel begins, we know he is dead. His mother finds his nearly naked, bloodied body on her doorstep. Did his death have anything to do with the riots that were happening in their Nigerian town? His family needs answers about the death of their only son who was born on the day that his grandmother died.
What a beautiful story, it pulled me in right away. The writing is vivid and powerful and, it's a story that has an air of mystery to it as well. Each of the characters tells a piece of the Vivek story so that the reader gets to know the deceased a little better. I loved learning about his family and I was impressed how well his character came to life with each new chapter. Unfortunately, there is nothing else I can say about Vivek and this book without spoiling the story for you.
DO NOT read the reviews out there - too much of the story is exposed in those reviews. This is a fairly short novel, a story that is beautiful and yes a bit sad, it will make many parents ask themselves, " how well do I really know my children?" This novel is so worth reading and one that is sure to make make top 10 list for 2020; I loved it. The audio version is read by Yetide Badaki and Chukwudi Iwuji; both did a fabulous job.
RATING - 5/5 stars