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9 Literary Love Stories Celebrating LGBTQ+ Relationships

Author of Freshwater, Pet, and Dear Senthuran, Akwaeke Emezi, who was born in Nigeria and lives in New Orleans, released The Death of Vivek Oji to critical acclaim. Quickly a New York Times best-seller and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the book follows “the tumultuous, heart-wrenching story of one family’s struggle to understand a child whose spirit is both gentle and mysterious.”

“Their writing is fresh, honest, difficult, and poetic, all at once,” says Dr. Chaudhry. “I don’t know that [Emezi’s work] could be seen as celebrating LGBTQ+ love because they speak to the realities of violence and self-harm that are so often a part of our communities, but in the journeys that Emezi writes about, they have, like the trans narratives I’ve named above, aided in a self-love journey for me.”

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