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Freshwater / Akwaeke Emezi.

  • Emezi, Akwaeke
Date
2018
  • Books

About this work

Description

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: AsuÌĐghara 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.

Publication/Creation

London : Faber & Faber Limited, 2018.

Physical description

229 pages ; 22 cm

Notes

Front cover dust jacket reads: "I have lived many lives inside this body. I lived many lives before they put me in this body. I will live many lives when they take me out of it."
Longlisted for Wellcome Book Prize 2019

Type/Technique

Languages

  • English


Where to find it

  • LocationStatus
    History of Medicine
    BZP (Emezi)
    Open shelves

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Identifiers

ISBN

  • 9780571347216
  • 0571347215