“[One] of our greatest living writers.” —Shondaland

Named a Most Anticipated Book of the Year by Harper’s Bazaar, BuzzFeed, The Advocate, Lit Hub, Book Page, and Paperback Paris

A full-throated and provocative memoir in letters from the New York Times-bestselling author, a dazzling literary talent whose works cut to the quick of the spiritual self.” —Esquire


In three critically acclaimed novels, Akwaeke Emezi has introduced readers to a landscape marked by familial tensions, Igbo belief systems, and a boundless search for what it means to be free. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, the bestselling author of The Death of Vivek Oji reveals the harrowing yet resolute truths of their own life. Through candid, intimate correspondence with friends, lovers, and family, Emezi traces the unfolding of a self and the unforgettable journey of a creative spirit stepping into power in the human world. Their story weaves through transformative decisions about their gender and body, their precipitous path to success as a writer, and the turmoil of relationships on an emotional, romantic, and spiritual plane, culminating in a book that is as tender as it is brutal.

Electrifying and inspiring, animated by the same voracious intelligence that distinguishes their fiction, Dear Senthuran is a revelatory account of storytelling, self, and survival.
PRAISE FOR AKWAEKE EMEZI:
 
“[One] of our greatest living writers.” —Shondaland
 
“Akwaeke Emezi parts the seas of the self.”  —Vanity Fair
 
“Remarkably assured and graceful . . . encourage[s] us to embrace
a fuller spectrum of human experience.”The Washington Post
 
“Emezi has a gift for prose that is often as visceral,
tender and heartbreaking  as what it describes” The Guardian
 
“Extraordinarily powerful.” —The New Yorker
 
“Dazzling.” —Los Angeles Times
 
“A beacon of literary genius.” —Lambda Literary Review
 
“Name a writer more essential to the recent landscape of contemporary fiction—and more prolific—than Akwaeke Emezi has been over the last five years. . . . I’ll wait.”
—Harper’s Bazaar