Title: Freshwater
Author: Akwaeke Emezi
Category: Fiction
Language: English
Price: ₦ 2500
No. of Words: 60204
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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.
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  • Litblogger Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi is compelling, dark, rich and mesmerizing. The book follows Ada, a young girl growing up in Nigeria, as she is both plagued and protected by a host of spirits that cohabitate her body and share her thoughts. Through beautiful and haunting prose, and the different voices residing in Ada, we get a glimpse into her mind. Emezi shows how the various aspects of our personality are often in conflict, and how that conflict can be inescapable. (I still can’t believe how relatable this book was).

    Reply Sep 5, 2018 11:22:54 AM