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Bitter

By: Akwaeke Emezi
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
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Publisher's Summary

From National Book Award finalist Akwaeke Emezi comes a companion novel to the critically acclaimed Pet that explores both the importance and cost of social revolution - and how youth lead the way.

After a childhood in foster care, Bitter is thrilled to have been chosen to attend Eucalyptus, a special school where she can focus on her painting surrounded by other creative teens. But outside this haven, the streets are filled with protests against the deep injustices that grip the city of Lucille.

Bitter’s instinct is to stay safe within the walls of Eucalyptus...but her friends aren’t  willing to settle for a world that’s so far away from what they deserve. Pulled between old friendships, her artistic passion, and a new romance, Bitter isn’t sure where she  belongs - in the studio or in the streets. And if she does find a way to help the revolution while being true to who she is, she must also ask: at what cost? 

This timely and riveting novel - a companion to the National Book Award finalist Pet - explores the power of youth, protest, and art.

©2022 Akwaeke Emezi (P)2022 Listening Library

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Great treatment of important themes

Important themes, great for conversation with young people about social movements, enjoyed the magical realism

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Just read it or listen

I was surprised to have the same response to Bitter as I did to Pet, where I want to buy it for all my loved ones and tell everyone I know to read it. Not just a captivating story, although it certainly is that, but a thousand tiny lessons about the human experience and the society in which we live. Thanks to Akwaeke Emezi for sharing your gifts with the world

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Please listen/read this book. Please!

If everyone lived with this story in their heart we could make it real. Let’s all disappear into this world together. Thank you!