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Freshwater

Akwaeke Emezi

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

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ISBN
9780571345410
Date Published
01.03.2018
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Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

Sheer perfection: sexy, sensual, spiritual, wise. One of the most dazzling debuts I’ve ever read.

Taiye Selasi, Guardian Best Books 2017
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'This book lured me in from the first sentence. It shook me to the core. This book forges its own glorious path. Read it now. Give it to everyone you know. Read it again.’

Daisy Johnson, author of Man Booker Prize shortlisted Everything Under
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Remarkable and daring.

Tariro Mzezewa, New York Times
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I’m urging everyone to read it... an intense reading experience.

Sophie Mackintosh, author of Man Booker Prize longlisted The Water Cure
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Wow. The net effect is a feeling of being peeled open, and quickly finding that skinless place to be normal. More than any novel I can remember, it feels utterly present to the place we are in the world.

Binyavanga Wainaina, author of One Day I will Write About this Place
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The book is so shivery, so electric, that the first coherent thought you can put together as you read is that you’re watching a major new talent beginning to carve out a space for herself.

Vox
AkwaekeEmezi

Akwaeke Emezi (they/them) is the author of the memoir Dear Senthuran; New York Times bestseller The Death of Vivek Oji, which was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize; Pet, a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature; and Freshwater, which was named a New York Times Notable Book, longlisted for both the Wellcome Book Prize and the…

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