203pp., paperback, London, 2019
Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Young People's Literature and of a Lambda Literary Award,
Young adult novel set in a city of the future where evil is said to have been eradicated. Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colours and claws, who emerges from one of her mother's paintings and a drop of Jam's blood, and who has come to hunt a monster.
"Compelling...a wonderful mix of fantasy, dystopian drama, political commentary and a coming of age tale that is sure to grip any reader" The Scotsman
"Terrific...a tale that defies categorization...forcing readers to deeply rethink assumptions about identity, family structure and justice...couldn't be more well times to our society's struggles with its own monsters." School Library Journal
Akwaeke Emezi was born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria. They are the author of two adult novels, Freshwater and The Death of Vivek Oji.