BSG #71: You Made A Fool of Death with Your Podcast / Akwaeke Emezi’s You Made A Fool of Death

Oh listener, why did you have to go and make a fool of death with your (insert noun here)? This week, the Squad discusses Akwaeke Emezi’s romance novel “You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty,” and that last sentence was just a little taste of all the bad jokes we make about this title. We also get into genre tropes, grief, and the instantaneous orgasm, and we even make time to read some Goodreads reviews. What did you think of this book? We’d LOVE to hear from you, so please drop us a line at! Don’t forget to tune in for our next episode on 9/19 with special guest Clay McLeod Chapman where we’ll talk with him about his new book, “Ghost Eaters,” after a review of the 1973 horror classic “Don’t Look Now.” Then, read along for our next bookpisode on 10/3 where we’ll cover “The School for Good Mothers” by Jessamine Chan.


:30–Intro q
8:45–Goodreads summary
11:09–the title
18:55–how the book explores grief
26:23–how is this working as a romance?
34:14–how did we feel about these characters?
43:28–what about the art in the book?
49:30–casting thoughts?
51:50–goodreads reviews
1:14:48–what’s on the blog? What’s up next?

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