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: Asughara 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.
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"This compelling audiobook features a Nigerian woman named Ada who fights the various spiritual entities that appear in her body at a young age and steadily grow as she develops. Author Akwaeke Emezi navigates the different voices residing in Ada, who is also in constant dialogue with them. As narrator, Emezi's consistent tempo rhythmically draws listeners into Ada's chaotic world. The meshing of voices is dark and captivating, and Emezi's steady pitch doesn't get in the way of the tale. It feels right. There is just enough flux in her voice to show range but not derail the plot, which takes place within the main character and manifests in dismal and, at times, violent acts. T.E.C. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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