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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 Saida Carter on 03-15-18

Fresh is the water and the words

Akwaeke offers fresh story framing, fresh prose, fresh concepts of duality. I swallowed this book. I needed this book. This book made me see parts of my hidden self. I can hardly write a review because I’m still digesting this book and reflecting on the inner turmoil, inner conversations that we experience without ever fully understanding the language. Beautifully written.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robin McGary on 02-24-18


Particularly wonderful to listen to the author herself - hypnotic prose from an extraordinary writer.

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