Little Rot

A Novel

A thrilling new novel from the bestselling, award-winning, visionary Akwaeke Emezi
 
One weekend.
The elite underbelly of a Nigerian city.
A party that goes awry.
A tangled web of sex and lies and corruption that leaves no one unscathed.

Aima and Kalu are a longtime couple who have just split. When Kalu, reeling from the breakup, visits an exclusive sex party hosted by his best friend, Ahmed, he makes a decision that will plunge them all into chaos, brutally and suddenly upending their lives. Ola and Souraya, two Nigerian sex workers visiting from Kuala Lumpur, collide into the scene just as everything goes to hell. Sucked into the city’s corrupt and glittering underworld, they’re all looking for a way out, fueled by a desperate need to escape the dangerous threat that looms over them.
Praise for Akwaeke Emezi

“Akwaeke Emezi parts the seas of the self.” —Vanity Fair

“A writer of startling versatility.” —R. O. Kwon, New York Times Book Review

“Emezi is a dazzling literary talent whose works cut to the quick of the spiritual self.” —Esquire

“A once-in-a-generation voice” —Vulture

“Emezi is a beacon of literary genius.” —The Lambda Literary Review

“One of our greatest living writers” —Shondaland

 “Extraordinarily powerful.” —Edwidge Danticat, The New Yorker

“A major talent.” —San Francisco Chronicle
© Omofolarin Omolayole

Akwaeke Emezi (they/them) is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Death of Vivek Oji, which was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize; Pet, a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature; and Freshwater, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Selected as a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation, they are based in liminal spaces.



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A thrilling new novel from the bestselling, award-winning, visionary Akwaeke Emezi
 
One weekend.
The elite underbelly of a Nigerian city.
A party that goes awry.
A tangled web of sex and lies and corruption that leaves no one unscathed.

Aima and Kalu are a longtime couple who have just split. When Kalu, reeling from the breakup, visits an exclusive sex party hosted by his best friend, Ahmed, he makes a decision that will plunge them all into chaos, brutally and suddenly upending their lives. Ola and Souraya, two Nigerian sex workers visiting from Kuala Lumpur, collide into the scene just as everything goes to hell. Sucked into the city’s corrupt and glittering underworld, they’re all looking for a way out, fueled by a desperate need to escape the dangerous threat that looms over them.

Reviews

Praise for Akwaeke Emezi

“Akwaeke Emezi parts the seas of the self.” —Vanity Fair

“A writer of startling versatility.” —R. O. Kwon, New York Times Book Review

“Emezi is a dazzling literary talent whose works cut to the quick of the spiritual self.” —Esquire

“A once-in-a-generation voice” —Vulture

“Emezi is a beacon of literary genius.” —The Lambda Literary Review

“One of our greatest living writers” —Shondaland

 “Extraordinarily powerful.” —Edwidge Danticat, The New Yorker

“A major talent.” —San Francisco Chronicle

Author

© Omofolarin Omolayole

Akwaeke Emezi (they/them) is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Death of Vivek Oji, which was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize; Pet, a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature; and Freshwater, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Selected as a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation, they are based in liminal spaces.



View titles by Akwaeke Emezi