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You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty (urspr publ 2022; utgåvan 2023)

av Akwaeke Emezi (Författare)

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"A New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and "one of our greatest living writers" (Shondaland) reimagines the love story in this fresh and seductive novel about a young woman seeking joy while healing from loss. Feyi Adekola wants to learn how to be alive again. It's been five years since the accident that killed the love of her life and she's almost a new person now-an artist with her own studio, and sharing a brownstone apartment with her ride-or-die best friend, Joy, who insists it's time for Feyi to ease back into the dating scene. Feyi isn't ready for anything serious, but a steamy encounter at a rooftop party cascades into a whirlwind summer she could have never imagined: a luxury trip to a tropical island, decadent meals in the glamorous home of a celebrity chef, and a major curator who wants to launch her art career. She's even started dating the perfect guy, but their new relationship might be sabotaged before it has a chance by the dangerous thrill Feyi feels every time she locks eyes with the one person in the house who is most definitely off-limits. This new life she asked for just got a lot more complicated, and Feyi must begin her search for real answers. Who is she ready to become? Can she release her past and honor her grief while still embracing her future? And, of course, there's the biggest question of all-how far is she willing to go for a second chance at love? Akwaeke Emezi's vivid and passionate writing takes us deep into a world of possibility and healing, and the constant bravery of choosing love against all odds"--… (mer)
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Titel:You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty
Författare:Akwaeke Emezi (Författare)
Info:Atria Books (2023), 304 pages
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You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty av Akwaeke Emezi (2022)

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The central question at the heart of this romance novel is how to live when you are overcome with grief by the tragic death of the one you love. I fell in love with Akwaeke Emezi’s writing in their moving 2020 book, The Death of Vivek Oji, which is set in Emezi’s native Nigeria. That book was filled with gorgeous writing and vivid images, and I was expecting another book set in Nigeria. I had never even read the description of this book, but loved the title (I recognized it as a slight variation on a line from the Florence the Machine song, “Hunger”), so I dove in. I admit I was disappointed that the story took place mostly in Brooklyn and an unnamed Caribbean island because of my (unfounded) expectation that it was set in Nigeria. Starting from that stumble, purely my own, it took me a while for the story to pull me in. It begins with a sex scene that was dangerous on so many levels and completely turned me off; I nearly abandoned it. I persisted and it paid off. But had I not already been acquainted Emezi’s excellent writing, I might not have.

The main character, artist Feyi Adekola, is trying to learn how to live again after her husband of one year, Jonah—her childhood sweetheart—is killed in a fiery car accident that also left her riddled with “intermittend islands of hypertrophies tissue falling like stars down her left leg, a raised and jagged line across her palm, an everlasting bruise on her forearm from when they dragged her out of the car, scraping her across the road,” and although she had seen the paramedics take Jonah’s pulse and shake their heads, she begged them to go back for him but the car exploded into flame. Five years later, the action of the story begins while she is sharing a brownstone apartment with her BFF, Joy, a lesbian who keeps insisting that Feyi start dating again.

Feyi’s five years of celibacy ends when she meets a stranger, Milan, at a rooftop party in Brooklyn, and enters into a purely sexual relationship with him, and then ends up with his friend, Nasir, in a “friendship” that he clearly wants to be more. He hooks her with a famous curator in the Caribbean islands and they fly off to the island where Feyi’s art will be an exhibit at a curated show. When she steps off the plane and immediately goes weak in the knees when she meets Nasir’s father, Akim, a celebrity chef who owns a modern place of glass and wood on a secluded mountainside property. Akim, it turns out, is also no stranger to overwhelming sorrow, and despite the 19-year different in their ages, form a bond over their enduring griefs that becomes a slow-burn romance fraught with complications. The story is really about living with pain and mortality, the terror of trusting again, and how the many feelings become tangled. The cast of characters was diverse, not in terms of race, as all the characters are Black, but in terms of sexuality: there were a number of gay and bisexual characters, including Akim.

After getting over the disappointment of how much this book was a departure from the book that made me fall in love with Emezi’s writing, I finally settled into it. By the end, I was hooked, but it took a long while. 288 pages. Black fiction; romance; literary fiction. ( )
  bschweiger | Feb 4, 2024 |
Emotional roller-coaster of a character-driven novel about finding love after profound grief. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Jan 5, 2024 |
I don't know what to make of this. I'm only 10% into the audiobook and I'm not sure why I'm not falling in love with this exuberant romance or with this renowned author, whom I haven't read before.

Is it the contrast between the alluring Feyi and the surrounding characters - flatmate Joy doesn't appeal to me at all, and the boyfriends I've met so far - Milan, Nasir - are not allowed to shine.

Bahni Turpin is the narrator and although her reading is expert, it doesn't seem to match to me, but I think it might be too early for this comment to carry weight.

The author also puts a certain blunt, uncouth language in the mouths of the characters, that prevents me feeling any attachment to them. Obviously ..

....I can't quite describe why this didn't appeal to me, only to say that it didn't appeal to me.

I probably won't continue. ( )
  Okies | Nov 13, 2023 |
This should not have worked for me, I hate the premise of falling for the boyfriend's dad, but Emezi made it work. Loving again after loss, grief, and complex family relationships are all treated carefully in the beautiful prose of this book. ( )
  KallieGrace | Jun 8, 2023 |
This was a very enjoyable read. Very well written. Characters are robust. My favorite character was Joy. Loved her so much! Grief is the focusing narrative of this book and it's described so beautifully. I would highly recommend this book. I wanted to keep my review short and sweet as to not give too much away. I think it is worth a read. ( )
  BlackCanary007 | Apr 10, 2023 |
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"A New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and "one of our greatest living writers" (Shondaland) reimagines the love story in this fresh and seductive novel about a young woman seeking joy while healing from loss. Feyi Adekola wants to learn how to be alive again. It's been five years since the accident that killed the love of her life and she's almost a new person now-an artist with her own studio, and sharing a brownstone apartment with her ride-or-die best friend, Joy, who insists it's time for Feyi to ease back into the dating scene. Feyi isn't ready for anything serious, but a steamy encounter at a rooftop party cascades into a whirlwind summer she could have never imagined: a luxury trip to a tropical island, decadent meals in the glamorous home of a celebrity chef, and a major curator who wants to launch her art career. She's even started dating the perfect guy, but their new relationship might be sabotaged before it has a chance by the dangerous thrill Feyi feels every time she locks eyes with the one person in the house who is most definitely off-limits. This new life she asked for just got a lot more complicated, and Feyi must begin her search for real answers. Who is she ready to become? Can she release her past and honor her grief while still embracing her future? And, of course, there's the biggest question of all-how far is she willing to go for a second chance at love? Akwaeke Emezi's vivid and passionate writing takes us deep into a world of possibility and healing, and the constant bravery of choosing love against all odds"--

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