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by Akwaeke Emezi
- Format: hardcover, 229 pages
- Awards: Lambda Literary Award Nominee for Transgender Fiction (2019), Wellcome Book Prize Nominee for Longlist (2019), Women’s Prize for Fiction Nominee for Longlist (2019), Nommo Award Nominee for Best Novel (The Ilube Award) (2019), Aspen Words Literary Prize Nominee for Longlist (2019)
- Language: english
- Release date: February 13, 2018
- Genres: fiction, contemporary, africa, lgbt, queer, fantasy, nigeria
- Publisher: Grove Press
- Author: Akwaeke Emezi
- ISBN: 9780802127358 (0802127355)
About The Book
An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born “with one foot on the other side.” Unsettling, heartwrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwater is a sharp evocation of a rare way of experiencing the world, one that illuminates how we all construct our identities.
Ada begins her life in the south of Nigeria as a troubled baby and a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents, Saul and Saachi, successfully prayed her into existence, but as she grows into a volatile and splintered child, it becomes clear that something went terribly awry. When Ada comes of age and moves to America for college, the group of selves within her grows in power and agency. A traumatic assault leads to a crystallization of her alternate selves: Asụghara and Saint Vincent. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves — now protective, now hedonistic — move into control, Ada’s life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction.
Narrated by the various selves within Ada and based in the author’s realities, Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.
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