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Publisher's Summary

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, heart-wrenching, 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.
©2018 Akwaeke Emezi (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By rose weaver on 05-06-18

Different personalities = Different Characters

What caught my eye is that this book is told by Adas personalities. Ada goes through a life of getting to know why she's different with her different personalities she grows to love them and embrace them all the while fighting and never belonging or fitting in. Mental health is real and is much more than individuals.

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5 out of 5 stars
By ivie on 04-17-18

Overall !

I loved the authors convey of the story and her tone and I actually felt her pain and emotions while dealing with them inside of her. I would love to meet her in person!

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