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 tAn 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 As ghara 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 by the various selves within Ada and based in the author s realities, Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.
Freshwater 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 o
When I got the depths of this novel, here during these dark hours, I was blown away My eyes were misty at the end.It s absolutely the most brilliant creative book written of its kind.It became personal to me.looking back at my own journey my own struggles my own fight my own growth my own inner peace.At one point I kept thinking, No wonder it s soooo hard for people to get well No wonder people repeat the same repetitive unwanted behaviors for years.I don t usually write reviews on my iPhone fro [...]
This was absolutely stunning From the very first page I knew I was in for something extraordinary and unlike anything I have ever read This debut combines many things I adore in books unconventional framing and unreliable narrators, a story that gets recontextualized constantly and kept me on my toes, a basis in mythology that informed but did not over shadow the actual story, perfect sentence structure that packs an unbelievable punch, and so many things that I am still struggling to adequatel [...]
4 fresh, imaginative stars to Freshwater The most creative book I ve read this year I have read nothing like Freshwater before It is hard to categorize It is literary fiction, but what else Magical realism Mysticism The author noted at the end that this was her spiritual book, so I will go with spiritual literary fiction I went with the literal flow while I was reading Freshwater could be murky, even incoherent, at times Ada was born in Nigeria, a difficult baby with a fractured self What transp [...]
It s not easy to persuade a human to end their life they re very attached to it, even when it makes them miserable, and Ada was no different But it s not the decision to cross back that s difficult it s the crossing itself.Akwaeke Emezi s Freshwater is a novel of layers that do not always nicely overlap in fact, the pieces often seem to not fit together at all It is a novel born from trauma and emotional paroxysms, a read that erupts with them throughout You have to peel back the layers to get t [...]
5 DEBUT DedicationTo those of uswith one footon the other side By the time she our body struggled out into the world, slick and louder than a village of storms, the gates were left open We should have been anchored in her by then, asleep inside her membranes and synched with her mind That would have been the safest way But since the gates were open, not closed against remembrance, we became confused We were at once old and newborn We were her and yet not We were not conscious but we were alive i [...]
Freshwater is a stunning novel, one that I dove into and couldn t surface out of for a while It s like a pool of dark water that you don t really even want to get out of And I was sad when the book finished despite it being quite a violent and shaking experience I am not lying when I say I intend to read it again.This review is quite long, so I suggest reading it on my blog.This Story Is What You Make Of ItThe most incredible aspect of Freshwater is that there are two ways to read it either as m [...]
africanbookaddict 2018 02If I had known this book was as evil, dark and sinful as it was, I probably wouldn t have bothered to read it But now that I ve marinated the story in my mind for a while, I can confidently declare that Freshwater is so much than it s insane level of lust and blasphemy Freshwater is a dark, layered tale based in and out of the spiritual realm, which focuses on how past traumas deeply affect one s well being and mental health the FULL review is on the book blog link abov [...]
It s hard to talk about something that has no precedent Freshwater is utterly unique, and the result is breathtaking It s a dark, sensual, and thoughtful novel about a young woman coming to terms with and accepting the multiple identities that define her.The details of Ada s life raised in Nigeria, relocated to the U.S for college are only an elemental framework for what is ultimately an introspective story The majority of this book is narrated by a chorus of Ada s selves conceptualized as Niger [...]
I think that the best praise a book can get is having the reader think to himself this is something that I have never read , and this is what made Freshwater for me such an outstanding experience, the fact that I had no prior book that I could compare it to, it was completely new territory It is also what makes it so damn hard to review, there are all these feelings mixed up in my mind and making sense of them is just as hard as it was for Ada to make sense of herself For starters, it is really [...]
Having been a follower of Akwaeke Emezi on Instagram for some time, I was thrilled to see she d written a novel I expected it to be a reflection of the beautiful images and energy she floods us with on her Instagram feed My oh my I had no idea this book would be the exact opposite The book s blurb does do a bit of foreshadowing by including phrases like troubled baby, source of deep concern to her parents, volatile and splintered child, something went terribly awry, traumatic assault, dark and d [...]
Freshwater is the semi autobiographical account of a young woman suffering from multiple personality disorder after a traumatic event Steeped in Igbo tradition the main character Ada lives a life straddling two worlds As the daughter of the serpent goddess Ala, she is born with one foot on the other side occupying the liminal spaces between the spirit realm and the flesh What is the cause of her fractured self Is she possessed or is she mad What is reality Can we accept both of these as plausibl [...]
3.5 starsRight up frint I m going to say that Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi will not be right for everyone but then again which book is It took me a while to understand what I was reading, to figure out who was narrating the story and I had to concentrate at all times However this effort was well and truly rewarded This was an incredible debut full of beautiful, thought provoking passages and it was one of the most original stories I ve ever read One of my notes wasg this is a weird but wonderfull [...]
Review to come.ed to gather my thoughts about this one.
Thank you to Netgalley and publisher for granting me this request of getting a free e copy in exchange for a review.Just a disclaimer my review does absolutely nothing for the book It is far too brilliant We d need an entire day and a glass of wine or a cup of tea on an open veranda to discuss When I started Freshwater , my initial thoughts were Aahwhat s this Lol But upon completion, a breathed a very weighted whoa Freshwater is quite literally unlike anything I ve ever read It crept and arrive [...]
FRESHWATER by Akwaeke Emezi Thank you so much to Grove Atlantic for providing my free copy all opinions are my own Think of brief insanities that are in you, not just the ones that blossomed as you grew into taller, sinful versions of yourself, but the ones you were born with, tucked behind your liver Take us, for instance Ada is a young Nigerian woman who is believed to be ogbanje, which literally translates into children who come and go , and is a term in Igbo which describes a spirit that ha [...]
via my blog bookstalkerblog.wordpress Humans often pray and forget what their mouths can do, forget that every ear is listening, that when you direct your longing to the gods, they can take that personally This is one splintered read, which is the intention to convey a shattering mind It took a bit of time for me to get into the many voices, in fact I held off on writing a review because it s such a strange take on mental illness or spiritual madness depending on what you chose to call it The ga [...]
A unique examination of painful adolescence, Freshwater is bewitching, bewildering and arresting in equal measure The novel combines an almost stream of consciousness narrative style with the central conceit of the multiple narrators being deities that inhabit the protagonist s mind The result is an interesting perspective on a fracturing sense of self It is the reader s experience of this perspective, rather than the actual story or plot, that fuels the book It s quite wonderful.
The first madness was that we were born, that they stuffed a god into a bag of skin I ve never read anything like this debut novel, and am in awe of its fierceness.Ada is born with an Ogbanje a godlike Igbo spirit inside her, and the story begins with the Ogbanje s narration from within her body At college, Ada is raped by a classmate, prompting Asughara, the most dominant spirit, to take over and shield her from future pain Ada is aware of Asughara, and the two form a strange symbiotic bond But [...]
Akwaeke Emezi s debut is one of the most compelling dare I say, bewitching literary novels of recent years, largely a function of its incantatory prose and idiosyncratic narrative style Its hero, Ada, is no mere mortal sufferer of multiple personalities but rather an Igbo deity struggling with incarnation Who knew the novel form was porous enough could be stretched enough for such a story to roar through its gates My BookTube review youtu K3q5r8uDKdI
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for approving my request for a free digital copy in exchange for a review RapeRepresentation for PTSD, Multiple Personality DisorderThis book is too good, and at around 41 pages to go I decided to stop reading I may pick it up again but I decided to stop because I didn t want to say goodbye to this book This has never happened before and I doubt it ever will again Freshwater is easily one of the top three books I have read this year The writing is so sophist [...]
First, I would like to thank Grove Atlantic for my copy of Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi, as well as the beautiful letterpress bookmark Thank you When I read the synopsis for Freshwater I was instantly intrigued but also a little hesitant to be honest This isn t a story I would normally have pulled off a bookstore shelf on my own But much to my surprise, I ended up really taking a lot away from this story Freshwater left me rattled, it unsettled me and left me anxious for Ada, the main character T [...]
Wow I am almost speechless after finishing Freshwater First of all, I was warned by the summary of the book yet I was not prepared for this novel I liked that Freshwater was character driven The story focuses on Ada and her fractured selves, Asughara and Saint Vincent The story is narrated from the perspective of the various selves within Ada which made it a very uncomfortable dark, and disturbing read Akwaeke Emezi s writing style is compelling I wanted to get out of the narrator s head YET I c [...]
WoW Extraordinary debut novel This engaging ownvoices book captures vivid imagery in weaving a narrative that pushes the limits of what is conventionally considered possible
This is a VERY unique story The writing style is quite amazing and imaginative hence the 3 stars I thought it would be a book similar to Sybil But I was way wrong There is too much darkness here and Freshwater was a difficult read for me I was put off by some of the sexual bits though the inclusion made perfect sense as Emezi exposes the layers of trauma and abuse Too disturbing for me to enjoy though so I gave up at 40%.
Strange yet beautiful, this book is about a woman warring against forces inside herself that she cannot accept She sees them as ogbanje, evil spirits that live inside her, split her personality and cause her to do things that are unacceptable to her family, her religion, and her own sense of who she is as a person This was a really engaging book.
No review I write will ever do this book justice Akwaeke has managed to write one of the most complex, seamless and captivating books I ve ever read I absolutely love and connect with, this perspective of mental health I d recommend this to people who d love an own voices book on multiple personality disorders , PTSD, persons on their own complex spiritual and diagnostic journey TW CW Rape, Suicidal Thoughts Actions, Violence, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders
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I cannot put into words properly my thoughts on this novel What I honestly think is it is masterfully written Yes, I highly recommend for you to read it Might I add, read without reading any reviews I look forward to reading works from Akwaeke.
Do the gods think she crazy, or is it simple madness blamed on the gods Fresh but dark Compelling yet chilling Glorious and deliciously horrendous at the same time.Emezi offers an enthralling look on a young woman s journey down a proverbial rabbit hole tinged with anxiety, fears, and horror 4 5
Understand this if you understand nothing it is a powerful thing to be seen.Mesmerising Phenomenal Dazzling Fresh Mystical I wanted to simply paste the first chapter of this book here, instead of writing a review.For starters, I m completely blown away by the writing This is unlike anything I have ever read before, totally pulled in from the very beginning, fully engrossed in the surreal narrative I m already looking forward to what Akwaeke Emezi writes next and oh I hope she writes lots and lot [...]