by Akwaeke Emezi

Rating: 4     13 Votes

Tags: Set in NIGERIA Female author


A National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" Honoree Finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for a Debut Novel Shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize ANew York Times Notable Book One of the most highly praised novels of the year, the debut from an astonishing young writer,Freshwater tells the story of Ada, an unusual child who is a source of deep concern to her southern Nigerian family. Young Ada is troubled, prone to violent fits. Born "with one foot on the other side," she begins to develop separate selves within her as she grows into adulthood. And when she travels to America for college, a traumatic event on campus crystallizes the selves into something powerful and potentially dangerous, making Ada fade into the background of her own mind as these alters--now protective, now hedonistic--move into control. Written with stylistic brilliance and based in the author's realities,Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace.

Add comment

Challenge: Read Around Africa Challenge
Country: Nigeria flag Nigeria
Language: EN
Genre: Magical realism
Recommended: 26 Dec 2022

More books from Nigeria

Under the Udala Trees Bamboozled by Jesus: How God Tricked Me into the Life of My Dreams My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

More books from Read Around Africa Challenge

A Personal Leadership Guide for Youth The Scents of Marie-Claire The Scent of Burnt Flowers

Mastodon logo