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Freshwater

Freshwater

Last 1 in stock
ISBN
9780571345397
Published
01/11/2018
9780571345397
Format
Hardback
Price
£10.00
Paperback
240

About the Book

LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION, 2019

The debut novel from one of the National Book Foundation's 2018 5 Under 35

Ada was born with one foot on the other side. Having prayed her into existence, her parents Saul and Saachi struggle to deal with the volatile and contradictory spirits peopling their troubled girl.

When Ada comes of age and heads to college, the entities within her grow in power and agency. An assault leads to a crystallization of her selves: As?ghara and Saint Vincent. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves – now protective, now hedonistic – seize control of Ada, her life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction.

Narrated from the perspectives of the various selves within Ada, and based in the author's realities, Freshwater explores the metaphysics of identity and being. Feeling explodes through the language of this scalding novel, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.

LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION, 2019The debut novel from one of the National Book Foundation's 2018 5 Under 35Ada was born with one foot on the other side. Having prayed her into existence, her parents Saul and Saachi struggle to deal with the volatile and contradictory spirits peopling their troubled girl.When Ada comes of age and heads to college, the entities within her grow in power and agency. An assault leads to a crystallization of her selves: As?ghara and Saint Vincent. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves – now protective, now hedonistic – seize control of Ada, her life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction.Narrated from the perspectives of the various selves within Ada, and based in the author's realities, Freshwater explores the metaphysics of identity and being. Feeling explodes through the language of this scalding novel, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.
  • Akwaeke Emezi

    Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and video artist based in liminal spaces. They are a recipient of the National Book Foundation's '5 Under 35' award for 2018, selected by Carmen Maria Machado. Born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria, Emezi holds two degrees, including an MPA from New York University. In 2017, Emezi was awarded a Global Arts Fund grant and a Sozopol Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction. They won the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa, and their writing has been published by Dazed Magazine, The Cut, Buzzfeed, Granta Online, Vogue.com, and Commonwealth Writers, among others. Freshwater, which was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in fiction by the American Library Association, is their debut novel.

“Sheer perfection: sexy, sensual, spiritual, wise. One of the most dazzling debuts I’ve ever read.”
- Taiye Selasi, Guardian Best Books 2017
“‘How do you survive when they place a god inside your body?” This surprising question animates Akwaeke Emezi’s remarkable debut, pulsing through every phase of its heroine’s arduous but luminous journey with and towards her multitudinous selves… Emezi’s surreal prose shines… extraordinary.'”
- Ayobami Adebayo, Guardian

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