A NovelBook - 2018
Shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
Ada has always been unusual. As an infant in southern Nigeria, she is a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents successfully prayed her into existence, but something must have gone awry, as the young Ada becomes a troubled child, prone to violent fits of anger and grief.
But Ada turns out to be more than just volatile. Born "with one foot on the other side," she begins to develop separate selves. When Ada travels to America for college, a traumatic event crystallizes the selves into something more powerful. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these alters--now protective, now hedonistic--move into control, Ada's life spirals in a dangerous direction.
Written with stylistic brilliance and based in the author's realities, this raw and extraordinary debut explores the metaphysics of identity and being, plunging the reader into the mysteries of self. Unsettling, heart-wrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.
From Library Staff
A powerful and unique debut novel that explores how we construct identity and the different ways in which we experience the world. It shares the story of Ada, a young Nigerian woman, who develops alternate selves, Asụghara and Saint Vincent, within her.
Pippa_R May 14, 2018
Emezi's debut novel is stunningly unique and unsettling, unlike anything I have read before. Ada, a child born in Nigeria, knows that her body is the home of several gods who struggle against the limits of her flesh. Narrating her experience from a "we" perspective, Ada is in control of... Read More »