Akwaeke Emezi - Freshwater
Ada has always been unusual. Her parents prayed her into existence, but something must have gone awry. Their troubled child begins to develop separate selves and is prone to fits of anger and grief.When Ada grows up and heads to college in America, a traumatic event crystallises the selves into something more powerful. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind, these ‘alters’ – now protective, now hedonistic – take control, shifting her life 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 intothe 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.
Freshwater is the 2018 debut novel by Akwaeke Emezi, an Igbo and Tamil writer and video artist born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria.
“Sheer perfection: sexy, sensual, spiritual, wise. One of the most dazzling debuts I’ve ever read.” - Taiye Selasi, The Guardian