You made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Nigerian author Akwaeke Emezi is more than just a romance. The story was recommended by Shana at SBTB.
There were so many layers to this story. It's about loss and grief, sexual attraction, choices, and love, sorrow and learning to live again. After the loss of her husband, Feyi is trying to figure out if she can ever love again. She plunges into the dating waters full steam ahead, trying to figure out who and what she wants. She's a woman exploring the sexual waters and falling in love with someone she didn't expect. The beginning of the story fooled me when it went full boil with a sexual escapade, but I gave it a chance. It simmered down and the more I learned more about Feyi, the deeper I became invested in her story. It was crude, it was raw. It was full of angst, full of sorrow. Full of choices, and full of love.
“It was like a fork in the road has closed, shut off by an avalanche of grief, choked with rocks and a broken heart. It wasn't supposed to open, and honestly, it still hadn't, but somehow, an entirely new path had formed, green and creeping.”
The story sticks with you long after you finish it, making you think. One of the themes was about choice. The choice Alim makes, wants to make for himself, when in the past, all his choices were for his children. He's choosing himself this time. Which got me to thinking about some decisions we make aren't about the other person but about us. Food for thought.
“I feel like the world wanted to remind me that it loves me, and so it gave me him. It gave me a chance, that possibility he’s always talking about, and I seized it with both hands because I know, and Alim knows, how f'ing rare it is for that door to open, even by a crack, and what it’s like when it closes.”
I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.
Contains LQBTQ supporting cast characters. and crude language.
Categories: Different culture, romance, new to me author,