Akwaeke Emezi announces debut young adult novel

Nigerian writer Akwaeke Emezi whose debut novel garnered a lot of acclaims has announced (their) debut young adult (YA) novel.

The author, who prefers to be gender neutral is widely known for their award-winning debut novel, Freshwater. Their upcoming YA novel titled PET is due to be out on the 10th of September, 2019. Emezi, who refers to self in the third person plural pronoun, says of the book on their website:

“There are no monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. Bn ut when Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother’s paintings and a drop of Jam’s blood, she must reconsider what she’s been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster—and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption’s house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also uncover the truth, and the answer to the question—How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist? 

“In their riveting and timely young adult debut, acclaimed novelist Akwaeke Emezi asks difficult questions about what choices you can make when the society around you is in denial.”


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