Freshwater

Freshwater

A Novel

Book - 2018
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Grove Press,, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780802127358
Characteristics: 229 pages ; 22 cm

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Unlike any other book I've read. To the naked eye it's a book about mental illness, gender identity, expectations and fluidity, mixed cultural backgrounds, spirituality, etc. But Emezi doesn't write about any of these things in the way you'd expect. Her writing transcends the way these topics are typically discussed in fiction. You don't recognize that Emezi is talking about the trans experience, because Emezi isn't writing a trans character, she's telling a story--not trying to throw the trans experience into her novel for the sake of including a trending topic. The way Emezi structures the dialogue between the selves, can be confusing at times, you're not sure who is talking, which self is presenting, but that mirrors the Ada's own confusion and draws the reader closer to all the selves.

KatieD_KCMO Oct 05, 2018

Unlike any other book I've read. To the naked eye it's a book about mental illness, gender identity, expectations and fluidity, mixed cultural backgrounds, spirituality, etc. But Emezi doesn't write about any of these things in the way you'd expect. Her writing transcends the way these topics are typically discussed in fiction. You don't recognize that Emezi is talking about the trans experience, because Emezi isn't writing a trans character, she's telling a story--not trying to throw the trans experience into her novel for the sake of including a trending topic. The way Emezi structures the dialogue between the selves, can be confusing at times, you're not sure who is talking, which self is presenting, but that mirrors the Ada's own confusion and draws the reader closer to all the selves.

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emroberts
Jun 26, 2018

My favorite read of 2018 so far. This book is lush, dark and gorgeous. It truly stuns me that this is Emezi's first novel. The writing is both striking and delicate, the subject honest, brutal and timely.

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rixonkj
Apr 16, 2018

Powerful, challenging, by the end of the book I felt like I had been fractured and re-set, like I might heal better from here on out.

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hbonsteel
Mar 23, 2018

this book completely blew me away. i started it on my morning commute, read more at lunch and my evening commute... then read for about five hours when i got home to finish it. it's hard to describe but it combines metaphysics and spirituality with trauma, processing... a deep exploration of internal self-talk, coupled with great wisdom and compassion. nothing short of incredible.

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