Freshwater

Freshwater

A Novel

Book - 2018
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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.

Publisher: New York :, Grove Press,, ©2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780802127358
Branch Call Number: FICTION EME
Characteristics: 229 pages ; 22 cm

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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 »


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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 the many voices inhabiting her head, until a traumatic event causes the gods to emerge, protecting Ada as she hides in the corners of her own mind.

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