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Freshwater

Author: Akwaeke Emezi
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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, heartwrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwater is a sharp evocation of a rare way of experiencing the world, one that illuminates how we all construct our  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographical fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Emezi, Akwaeke.
Freshwater.
New York : Groove Press, [2017]
(DLC) 2017033515
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Akwaeke Emezi
ISBN: 9780802127358 0802127355 9780571347216 0571347215
OCLC Number: 990286953
Description: 229 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Akwaeke Emezi.

Abstract:

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, heartwrenching, 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. Narrated from the perspective of the various selves within Ada, and based in the author's realities, Freshwater explores the metaphysics of identity and mental health, plunging the reader into the mystery of being and self. Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.
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