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Riot Baby

Riot Baby

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A 2021 Hugo Award Finalist!

A 2021 Nebula Award Finalist!

A 2021 Locus Award Finalist!

A 2021 World Fantasy Award Finalist!

Winner of the 2020 New England Book Award for Fiction!

Winner of an 2021 ALA Alex Award!

Winner of the 2021 AABMC Literary Award!

A 2021 Ignyte Award Finalist!

Finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Best Outstanding Work of Literary Fiction

A Most Anticipated in 2020 Pick for Book Riot Buzzfeed Paste WBUR

Named a Best of 2020 Pick for NPR Wired Book Riot Publishers Weekly NYPL The Austen Chronicle Kobo Google Play Powell's Books Den of Geek

Riot Baby, Onyebuchi's first novel for adults, is as much the story of Ella and her brother, Kevin, as it is the story of black pain in America, of the extent and lineage of police brutality, racism and injustice in this country, written in prose as searing and precise as hot diamonds.--The New York Times

Riot Baby bursts at the seams of story with so much fire, passion and power that in the end it turns what we call a narrative into something different altogether.--Marlon James

Ella has a Thing. She sees a classmate grow up to become a caring nurse. A neighbor's son murdered in a drive-by shooting. Things that haven't happened yet. Kev, born while Los Angeles burned around them, wants to protect his sister from a power that could destroy her. But when Kev is incarcerated, Ella must decide what it means to watch her brother suffer while holding the ability to wreck cities in her hands.

Rooted in the hope that can live in anger, Riot Baby is as much an intimate family story as a global dystopian narrative. It burns fearlessly toward revolution and has quietly devastating things to say about love, fury, and the black American experience.

Ella and Kev are both shockingly human and immeasurably powerful. Their childhoods are defined and destroyed by racism. Their futures might alter the world.

Author: Tochi Onyebuchi
Publisher: Tordotcom
Published: 01/21/2020
Pages: 176
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.50lbs
Size: 8.30h x 5.30w x 0.80d
ISBN: 9781250214751

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 11/11/2019
Booklist 11/15/2019 pg. 36
Library Journal 12/01/2019 pg. 68
School Library Journal 11/01/2020 pg. 72

About the Author
Tochi Onyebuchi is the author of the young adult novel Beasts Made of Night, which won the Ilube Nommo Award for Best Speculative Fiction Novel by an African, its sequel, Crown of Thunder, and War Girls. He holds a B.A. from Yale, a M.F.A. in screenwriting from the Tisch School for the Arts, a Master's degree in droit économique from Sciences Po, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. His fiction has appeared in Panverse Three, Asimov's Science Fiction, Obsidian, Omenana Magazine, Uncanny, and Lightspeed. His non-fiction has appeared in Tor.com, Nowhere Magazine, the Oxford University Press blog, and the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, among other places. Riot Baby is his adult fiction debut.

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