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From the critically acclaimed author of Pet and The Death of Vivek Oji, Bitter, takes a timely and provocative look at the power of youth, protest and art.


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 town 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 the adults say is 'just the way things are.' Pulled between old friendships, her creative passion, and a new romance, Bitter isn't sure where she belongs – in the art 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?

Bitter by Akwaeke Emezi

  • Format: Paperback

    ISBN: 9780571371198

    Publisher: Faber & Faber

  • '…Emezi once again deftly conjures an ethereal world in which hope is a practice, teen voice and choice are uplifted, and art is validated and lauded as a form of resistance,' – School Library Journal, starred review.


    'A compact, urgent, and divine novel,' – Kirkus Reviews, starred review.


    '[A] timely […]story with vivacious queer characters of colour who have the agency to define the future for themselves and their city,' – Publishers Weekly, starred review.

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