Freshwater

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 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 t An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a ...

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Title:Freshwater
Author:Akwaeke Emezi
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Freshwater
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:229 pages pages

Freshwater Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Mar 15, 2018

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

    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 whe...

    How to review this, how to review this............ The first 50 pages or so of this book were really tough for me. I felt like I was physically fighting the book, trying to wrestle it into submission. After the initial struggle, I fell into a somewhat uneasy rhythm with the story bu...

    !!! https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/02... If 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 more tha...

    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...

    This is a startlingly raw and dark novel about spirituality, abuse, trauma and mental illness. In this fresh perspective, debut novelist Akwaeke Emezi embeds ogbanje, or nonhuman entities, within Ada, a girl born to parents who had prayed to the God Ala for a daughter. Ala, a serpentin...

    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 ...

    I was pulled in to this story (narrated by the author) of Ada, who is a gift from the (plural) Igbo serpent god to her parents for praying the right way. But because they were the child, the god(s) own her, and are always with her. There is a disturbing description of it at the beginni...

  • jo
    Mar 24, 2018

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

    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 whe...

    How to review this, how to review this............ The first 50 pages or so of this book were really tough for me. I felt like I was physically fighting the book, trying to wrestle it into submission. After the initial struggle, I fell into a somewhat uneasy rhythm with the story bu...

    !!! https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/02... If 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 more tha...

    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...

    This is a startlingly raw and dark novel about spirituality, abuse, trauma and mental illness. In this fresh perspective, debut novelist Akwaeke Emezi embeds ogbanje, or nonhuman entities, within Ada, a girl born to parents who had prayed to the God Ala for a daughter. Ala, a serpentin...

    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 ...

    I was pulled in to this story (narrated by the author) of Ada, who is a gift from the (plural) Igbo serpent god to her parents for praying the right way. But because they were the child, the god(s) own her, and are always with her. There is a disturbing description of it at the beginni...

    I did an unusual thing before writing this review, I looked at what other people have said about the book. Usually I like coming to a book without any advance knowledge and reviewing it without any awareness of its reception, but this time I was curious. It is a hard book to pin down, ...

    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....

    Review to come.....need to gather my thoughts about this one. ...

    This was an intense read on so many levels. It?s strange but in a way that makes (mostly) perfect sense. The many facets of a person. The inner characters that live inside all of us. It is written in a completely unique and transformative way both contemporary and traditional. A ...

    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 ?on...

    "Freshwater" cleverly discusses the human mind by inquiring what actually constitutes "mental illness": To what degree is our inner fragmentation - the multitude of feelings and urges, the freedom to be many things - part of the human condition, and when does it become harmful and dest...

    3.5 stars Right 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.   H...

    No matter how mad it sounded, the things that were happening in my head were real and had been happening for a very long time. After all the doctors and the diagnoses and the hospitals, this thing of being an ?gbanje, a child of Ala - that was the only path that brought me any peace....

    #RWLChallenge: A Book with a neurodiverse main character of colour (own voices). Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for approving my request for a free digital copy in exchange for a review. TW: Rape Representation for: PTSD, Multiple Personality Disorder This book is too ...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    i finished this some time ago. i'm waiting to find the words to say what it meant to me, and what it means, in general, in my opinion. it's not a book for everyone, but if you are part of a multiple reality or experience dissociation, you should probably read it immediately. if you lik...

  • Elyse
    Dec 27, 2017

    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 ...

  • PattyMacDotComma
    Jul 21, 2017

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

  • Dianne
    Apr 20, 2018

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

    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 whe...

    How to review this, how to review this............ The first 50 pages or so of this book were really tough for me. I felt like I was physically fighting the book, trying to wrestle it into submission. After the initial struggle, I fell into a somewhat uneasy rhythm with the story bu...

  • Paul Fulcher
    Jul 11, 2018

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

    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 whe...

    How to review this, how to review this............ The first 50 pages or so of this book were really tough for me. I felt like I was physically fighting the book, trying to wrestle it into submission. After the initial struggle, I fell into a somewhat uneasy rhythm with the story bu...

    !!! https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/02... If 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 more tha...

    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...

    This is a startlingly raw and dark novel about spirituality, abuse, trauma and mental illness. In this fresh perspective, debut novelist Akwaeke Emezi embeds ogbanje, or nonhuman entities, within Ada, a girl born to parents who had prayed to the God Ala for a daughter. Ala, a serpentin...

    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 ...

    I was pulled in to this story (narrated by the author) of Ada, who is a gift from the (plural) Igbo serpent god to her parents for praying the right way. But because they were the child, the god(s) own her, and are always with her. There is a disturbing description of it at the beginni...

    I did an unusual thing before writing this review, I looked at what other people have said about the book. Usually I like coming to a book without any advance knowledge and reviewing it without any awareness of its reception, but this time I was curious. It is a hard book to pin down, ...

    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....

    Review to come.....need to gather my thoughts about this one. ...

    This was an intense read on so many levels. It?s strange but in a way that makes (mostly) perfect sense. The many facets of a person. The inner characters that live inside all of us. It is written in a completely unique and transformative way both contemporary and traditional. A ...

    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 ?on...

    "Freshwater" cleverly discusses the human mind by inquiring what actually constitutes "mental illness": To what degree is our inner fragmentation - the multitude of feelings and urges, the freedom to be many things - part of the human condition, and when does it become harmful and dest...

    3.5 stars Right 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.   H...

    No matter how mad it sounded, the things that were happening in my head were real and had been happening for a very long time. After all the doctors and the diagnoses and the hospitals, this thing of being an ?gbanje, a child of Ala - that was the only path that brought me any peace....

  • Rachel
    Dec 15, 2017

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

    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 whe...

    How to review this, how to review this............ The first 50 pages or so of this book were really tough for me. I felt like I was physically fighting the book, trying to wrestle it into submission. After the initial struggle, I fell into a somewhat uneasy rhythm with the story bu...

    !!! https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/02... If 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 more tha...

    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...

  • Jessica Woodbury
    Mar 20, 2018

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

    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 whe...

    How to review this, how to review this............ The first 50 pages or so of this book were really tough for me. I felt like I was physically fighting the book, trying to wrestle it into submission. After the initial struggle, I fell into a somewhat uneasy rhythm with the story bu...

    !!! https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/02... If 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 more tha...

    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...

    This is a startlingly raw and dark novel about spirituality, abuse, trauma and mental illness. In this fresh perspective, debut novelist Akwaeke Emezi embeds ogbanje, or nonhuman entities, within Ada, a girl born to parents who had prayed to the God Ala for a daughter. Ala, a serpentin...

    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 ...

    I was pulled in to this story (narrated by the author) of Ada, who is a gift from the (plural) Igbo serpent god to her parents for praying the right way. But because they were the child, the god(s) own her, and are always with her. There is a disturbing description of it at the beginni...

    I did an unusual thing before writing this review, I looked at what other people have said about the book. Usually I like coming to a book without any advance knowledge and reviewing it without any awareness of its reception, but this time I was curious. It is a hard book to pin down, ...

  • PorshaJo
    Jan 27, 2018

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

    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 whe...

    How to review this, how to review this............ The first 50 pages or so of this book were really tough for me. I felt like I was physically fighting the book, trying to wrestle it into submission. After the initial struggle, I fell into a somewhat uneasy rhythm with the story bu...

    !!! https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/02... If 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 more tha...

    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...

    This is a startlingly raw and dark novel about spirituality, abuse, trauma and mental illness. In this fresh perspective, debut novelist Akwaeke Emezi embeds ogbanje, or nonhuman entities, within Ada, a girl born to parents who had prayed to the God Ala for a daughter. Ala, a serpentin...

    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 ...

    I was pulled in to this story (narrated by the author) of Ada, who is a gift from the (plural) Igbo serpent god to her parents for praying the right way. But because they were the child, the god(s) own her, and are always with her. There is a disturbing description of it at the beginni...

    I did an unusual thing before writing this review, I looked at what other people have said about the book. Usually I like coming to a book without any advance knowledge and reviewing it without any awareness of its reception, but this time I was curious. It is a hard book to pin down, ...

    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....

    Review to come.....need to gather my thoughts about this one. ...

  • Ifeyinwa
    Jul 08, 2018

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

    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 whe...

    How to review this, how to review this............ The first 50 pages or so of this book were really tough for me. I felt like I was physically fighting the book, trying to wrestle it into submission. After the initial struggle, I fell into a somewhat uneasy rhythm with the story bu...

    !!! https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/02... If 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 more tha...

    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...

    This is a startlingly raw and dark novel about spirituality, abuse, trauma and mental illness. In this fresh perspective, debut novelist Akwaeke Emezi embeds ogbanje, or nonhuman entities, within Ada, a girl born to parents who had prayed to the God Ala for a daughter. Ala, a serpentin...

    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 ...

    I was pulled in to this story (narrated by the author) of Ada, who is a gift from the (plural) Igbo serpent god to her parents for praying the right way. But because they were the child, the god(s) own her, and are always with her. There is a disturbing description of it at the beginni...

    I did an unusual thing before writing this review, I looked at what other people have said about the book. Usually I like coming to a book without any advance knowledge and reviewing it without any awareness of its reception, but this time I was curious. It is a hard book to pin down, ...

    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....

    Review to come.....need to gather my thoughts about this one. ...

    This was an intense read on so many levels. It?s strange but in a way that makes (mostly) perfect sense. The many facets of a person. The inner characters that live inside all of us. It is written in a completely unique and transformative way both contemporary and traditional. A ...

    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 ?on...

    "Freshwater" cleverly discusses the human mind by inquiring what actually constitutes "mental illness": To what degree is our inner fragmentation - the multitude of feelings and urges, the freedom to be many things - part of the human condition, and when does it become harmful and dest...

    3.5 stars Right 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.   H...

    No matter how mad it sounded, the things that were happening in my head were real and had been happening for a very long time. After all the doctors and the diagnoses and the hospitals, this thing of being an ?gbanje, a child of Ala - that was the only path that brought me any peace....

    #RWLChallenge: A Book with a neurodiverse main character of colour (own voices). Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for approving my request for a free digital copy in exchange for a review. TW: Rape Representation for: PTSD, Multiple Personality Disorder This book is too ...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    i finished this some time ago. i'm waiting to find the words to say what it meant to me, and what it means, in general, in my opinion. it's not a book for everyone, but if you are part of a multiple reality or experience dissociation, you should probably read it immediately. if you lik...

    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 more works from Akwaeke. ...

    This is a very difficult book for me to review. It comes from a world that is very different to my own. There is a clue in the author description: "Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and artist based in liminal spaces." Then there is an interview in which the author refers...

    Still cementing my thoughts on this, but the long story short is: I didn't like this novel- the writing and execution. There was a lot more telling than showing with minimal buildup and character development. -------------------------- My interest in this novel is rooted in being a f...

  • Marchpane
    Nov 17, 2017

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

    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 whe...

    How to review this, how to review this............ The first 50 pages or so of this book were really tough for me. I felt like I was physically fighting the book, trying to wrestle it into submission. After the initial struggle, I fell into a somewhat uneasy rhythm with the story bu...

    !!! https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/02... If 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 more tha...

    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...

    This is a startlingly raw and dark novel about spirituality, abuse, trauma and mental illness. In this fresh perspective, debut novelist Akwaeke Emezi embeds ogbanje, or nonhuman entities, within Ada, a girl born to parents who had prayed to the God Ala for a daughter. Ala, a serpentin...

    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 ...

    I was pulled in to this story (narrated by the author) of Ada, who is a gift from the (plural) Igbo serpent god to her parents for praying the right way. But because they were the child, the god(s) own her, and are always with her. There is a disturbing description of it at the beginni...

    I did an unusual thing before writing this review, I looked at what other people have said about the book. Usually I like coming to a book without any advance knowledge and reviewing it without any awareness of its reception, but this time I was curious. It is a hard book to pin down, ...

    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....

    Review to come.....need to gather my thoughts about this one. ...

    This was an intense read on so many levels. It?s strange but in a way that makes (mostly) perfect sense. The many facets of a person. The inner characters that live inside all of us. It is written in a completely unique and transformative way both contemporary and traditional. A ...

    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 ?on...

    "Freshwater" cleverly discusses the human mind by inquiring what actually constitutes "mental illness": To what degree is our inner fragmentation - the multitude of feelings and urges, the freedom to be many things - part of the human condition, and when does it become harmful and dest...

    3.5 stars Right 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.   H...

    No matter how mad it sounded, the things that were happening in my head were real and had been happening for a very long time. After all the doctors and the diagnoses and the hospitals, this thing of being an ?gbanje, a child of Ala - that was the only path that brought me any peace....

    #RWLChallenge: A Book with a neurodiverse main character of colour (own voices). Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for approving my request for a free digital copy in exchange for a review. TW: Rape Representation for: PTSD, Multiple Personality Disorder This book is too ...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    Feb 21, 2018

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

    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 whe...

  • Janelle
    Feb 13, 2018

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

    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 whe...

    How to review this, how to review this............ The first 50 pages or so of this book were really tough for me. I felt like I was physically fighting the book, trying to wrestle it into submission. After the initial struggle, I fell into a somewhat uneasy rhythm with the story bu...

    !!! https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/02... If 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 more tha...

    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...

    This is a startlingly raw and dark novel about spirituality, abuse, trauma and mental illness. In this fresh perspective, debut novelist Akwaeke Emezi embeds ogbanje, or nonhuman entities, within Ada, a girl born to parents who had prayed to the God Ala for a daughter. Ala, a serpentin...

    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 ...

    I was pulled in to this story (narrated by the author) of Ada, who is a gift from the (plural) Igbo serpent god to her parents for praying the right way. But because they were the child, the god(s) own her, and are always with her. There is a disturbing description of it at the beginni...

    I did an unusual thing before writing this review, I looked at what other people have said about the book. Usually I like coming to a book without any advance knowledge and reviewing it without any awareness of its reception, but this time I was curious. It is a hard book to pin down, ...

    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....

    Review to come.....need to gather my thoughts about this one. ...

    This was an intense read on so many levels. It?s strange but in a way that makes (mostly) perfect sense. The many facets of a person. The inner characters that live inside all of us. It is written in a completely unique and transformative way both contemporary and traditional. A ...

    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 ?on...

    "Freshwater" cleverly discusses the human mind by inquiring what actually constitutes "mental illness": To what degree is our inner fragmentation - the multitude of feelings and urges, the freedom to be many things - part of the human condition, and when does it become harmful and dest...

    3.5 stars Right 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.   H...

    No matter how mad it sounded, the things that were happening in my head were real and had been happening for a very long time. After all the doctors and the diagnoses and the hospitals, this thing of being an ?gbanje, a child of Ala - that was the only path that brought me any peace....

    #RWLChallenge: A Book with a neurodiverse main character of colour (own voices). Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for approving my request for a free digital copy in exchange for a review. TW: Rape Representation for: PTSD, Multiple Personality Disorder This book is too ...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    i finished this some time ago. i'm waiting to find the words to say what it meant to me, and what it means, in general, in my opinion. it's not a book for everyone, but if you are part of a multiple reality or experience dissociation, you should probably read it immediately. if you lik...

    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 more works from Akwaeke. ...

    This is a very difficult book for me to review. It comes from a world that is very different to my own. There is a clue in the author description: "Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and artist based in liminal spaces." Then there is an interview in which the author refers...

    Still cementing my thoughts on this, but the long story short is: I didn't like this novel- the writing and execution. There was a lot more telling than showing with minimal buildup and character development. -------------------------- My interest in this novel is rooted in being a f...

    Ada wanted a reason, a better explanation. We were not enough. We were too strange, She had been raised by humans, medical ones at hat. So instead she read lists of diagnostic criteria, things like disruptions of identity, self-damaging impulsivity, emotional instability and mood swin...

    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, more sinful versions of yourself, but the ones you were bor...

  • Darkowaa
    Dec 09, 2017

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

    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 whe...

    How to review this, how to review this............ The first 50 pages or so of this book were really tough for me. I felt like I was physically fighting the book, trying to wrestle it into submission. After the initial struggle, I fell into a somewhat uneasy rhythm with the story bu...

    !!! https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/02... If 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 more tha...

  • Vanessa
    Sep 04, 2018

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

    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 whe...

    How to review this, how to review this............ The first 50 pages or so of this book were really tough for me. I felt like I was physically fighting the book, trying to wrestle it into submission. After the initial struggle, I fell into a somewhat uneasy rhythm with the story bu...

    !!! https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/02... If 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 more tha...

    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...

    This is a startlingly raw and dark novel about spirituality, abuse, trauma and mental illness. In this fresh perspective, debut novelist Akwaeke Emezi embeds ogbanje, or nonhuman entities, within Ada, a girl born to parents who had prayed to the God Ala for a daughter. Ala, a serpentin...

    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 ...

    I was pulled in to this story (narrated by the author) of Ada, who is a gift from the (plural) Igbo serpent god to her parents for praying the right way. But because they were the child, the god(s) own her, and are always with her. There is a disturbing description of it at the beginni...

    I did an unusual thing before writing this review, I looked at what other people have said about the book. Usually I like coming to a book without any advance knowledge and reviewing it without any awareness of its reception, but this time I was curious. It is a hard book to pin down, ...

    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....

    Review to come.....need to gather my thoughts about this one. ...

    This was an intense read on so many levels. It?s strange but in a way that makes (mostly) perfect sense. The many facets of a person. The inner characters that live inside all of us. It is written in a completely unique and transformative way both contemporary and traditional. A ...

  • Donna
    Feb 03, 2018

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

    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 whe...

    How to review this, how to review this............ The first 50 pages or so of this book were really tough for me. I felt like I was physically fighting the book, trying to wrestle it into submission. After the initial struggle, I fell into a somewhat uneasy rhythm with the story bu...

    !!! https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/02... If 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 more tha...

    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...

    This is a startlingly raw and dark novel about spirituality, abuse, trauma and mental illness. In this fresh perspective, debut novelist Akwaeke Emezi embeds ogbanje, or nonhuman entities, within Ada, a girl born to parents who had prayed to the God Ala for a daughter. Ala, a serpentin...

    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 ...

    I was pulled in to this story (narrated by the author) of Ada, who is a gift from the (plural) Igbo serpent god to her parents for praying the right way. But because they were the child, the god(s) own her, and are always with her. There is a disturbing description of it at the beginni...

    I did an unusual thing before writing this review, I looked at what other people have said about the book. Usually I like coming to a book without any advance knowledge and reviewing it without any awareness of its reception, but this time I was curious. It is a hard book to pin down, ...

    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....

    Review to come.....need to gather my thoughts about this one. ...

    This was an intense read on so many levels. It?s strange but in a way that makes (mostly) perfect sense. The many facets of a person. The inner characters that live inside all of us. It is written in a completely unique and transformative way both contemporary and traditional. A ...

    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 ?on...

    "Freshwater" cleverly discusses the human mind by inquiring what actually constitutes "mental illness": To what degree is our inner fragmentation - the multitude of feelings and urges, the freedom to be many things - part of the human condition, and when does it become harmful and dest...

    3.5 stars Right 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.   H...

    No matter how mad it sounded, the things that were happening in my head were real and had been happening for a very long time. After all the doctors and the diagnoses and the hospitals, this thing of being an ?gbanje, a child of Ala - that was the only path that brought me any peace....

    #RWLChallenge: A Book with a neurodiverse main character of colour (own voices). Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for approving my request for a free digital copy in exchange for a review. TW: Rape Representation for: PTSD, Multiple Personality Disorder This book is too ...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    i finished this some time ago. i'm waiting to find the words to say what it meant to me, and what it means, in general, in my opinion. it's not a book for everyone, but if you are part of a multiple reality or experience dissociation, you should probably read it immediately. if you lik...

    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 more works from Akwaeke. ...

  • Shannon
    Feb 03, 2018

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

    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 whe...

    How to review this, how to review this............ The first 50 pages or so of this book were really tough for me. I felt like I was physically fighting the book, trying to wrestle it into submission. After the initial struggle, I fell into a somewhat uneasy rhythm with the story bu...

    !!! https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/02... If 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 more tha...

    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...

    This is a startlingly raw and dark novel about spirituality, abuse, trauma and mental illness. In this fresh perspective, debut novelist Akwaeke Emezi embeds ogbanje, or nonhuman entities, within Ada, a girl born to parents who had prayed to the God Ala for a daughter. Ala, a serpentin...

    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 ...

    I was pulled in to this story (narrated by the author) of Ada, who is a gift from the (plural) Igbo serpent god to her parents for praying the right way. But because they were the child, the god(s) own her, and are always with her. There is a disturbing description of it at the beginni...

    I did an unusual thing before writing this review, I looked at what other people have said about the book. Usually I like coming to a book without any advance knowledge and reviewing it without any awareness of its reception, but this time I was curious. It is a hard book to pin down, ...

    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....

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Feb 16, 2018

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Michelle
    Feb 12, 2018

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

    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 whe...

    How to review this, how to review this............ The first 50 pages or so of this book were really tough for me. I felt like I was physically fighting the book, trying to wrestle it into submission. After the initial struggle, I fell into a somewhat uneasy rhythm with the story bu...

    !!! https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/02... If 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 more tha...

    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...

    This is a startlingly raw and dark novel about spirituality, abuse, trauma and mental illness. In this fresh perspective, debut novelist Akwaeke Emezi embeds ogbanje, or nonhuman entities, within Ada, a girl born to parents who had prayed to the God Ala for a daughter. Ala, a serpentin...

    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 ...

    I was pulled in to this story (narrated by the author) of Ada, who is a gift from the (plural) Igbo serpent god to her parents for praying the right way. But because they were the child, the god(s) own her, and are always with her. There is a disturbing description of it at the beginni...

    I did an unusual thing before writing this review, I looked at what other people have said about the book. Usually I like coming to a book without any advance knowledge and reviewing it without any awareness of its reception, but this time I was curious. It is a hard book to pin down, ...

    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....

    Review to come.....need to gather my thoughts about this one. ...

    This was an intense read on so many levels. It?s strange but in a way that makes (mostly) perfect sense. The many facets of a person. The inner characters that live inside all of us. It is written in a completely unique and transformative way both contemporary and traditional. A ...

    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 ?on...

  • Neil
    Jul 21, 2018

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

    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 whe...

    How to review this, how to review this............ The first 50 pages or so of this book were really tough for me. I felt like I was physically fighting the book, trying to wrestle it into submission. After the initial struggle, I fell into a somewhat uneasy rhythm with the story bu...

    !!! https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/02... If 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 more tha...

    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...

    This is a startlingly raw and dark novel about spirituality, abuse, trauma and mental illness. In this fresh perspective, debut novelist Akwaeke Emezi embeds ogbanje, or nonhuman entities, within Ada, a girl born to parents who had prayed to the God Ala for a daughter. Ala, a serpentin...

    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 ...

    I was pulled in to this story (narrated by the author) of Ada, who is a gift from the (plural) Igbo serpent god to her parents for praying the right way. But because they were the child, the god(s) own her, and are always with her. There is a disturbing description of it at the beginni...

    I did an unusual thing before writing this review, I looked at what other people have said about the book. Usually I like coming to a book without any advance knowledge and reviewing it without any awareness of its reception, but this time I was curious. It is a hard book to pin down, ...

    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....

    Review to come.....need to gather my thoughts about this one. ...

    This was an intense read on so many levels. It?s strange but in a way that makes (mostly) perfect sense. The many facets of a person. The inner characters that live inside all of us. It is written in a completely unique and transformative way both contemporary and traditional. A ...

    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 ?on...

    "Freshwater" cleverly discusses the human mind by inquiring what actually constitutes "mental illness": To what degree is our inner fragmentation - the multitude of feelings and urges, the freedom to be many things - part of the human condition, and when does it become harmful and dest...

    3.5 stars Right 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.   H...

    No matter how mad it sounded, the things that were happening in my head were real and had been happening for a very long time. After all the doctors and the diagnoses and the hospitals, this thing of being an ?gbanje, a child of Ala - that was the only path that brought me any peace....

    #RWLChallenge: A Book with a neurodiverse main character of colour (own voices). Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for approving my request for a free digital copy in exchange for a review. TW: Rape Representation for: PTSD, Multiple Personality Disorder This book is too ...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    i finished this some time ago. i'm waiting to find the words to say what it meant to me, and what it means, in general, in my opinion. it's not a book for everyone, but if you are part of a multiple reality or experience dissociation, you should probably read it immediately. if you lik...

    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 more works from Akwaeke. ...

    This is a very difficult book for me to review. It comes from a world that is very different to my own. There is a clue in the author description: "Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and artist based in liminal spaces." Then there is an interview in which the author refers...

  • Gumble's Yard
    Jun 10, 2018

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

    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 whe...

    How to review this, how to review this............ The first 50 pages or so of this book were really tough for me. I felt like I was physically fighting the book, trying to wrestle it into submission. After the initial struggle, I fell into a somewhat uneasy rhythm with the story bu...

    !!! https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/02... If 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 more tha...

    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...

    This is a startlingly raw and dark novel about spirituality, abuse, trauma and mental illness. In this fresh perspective, debut novelist Akwaeke Emezi embeds ogbanje, or nonhuman entities, within Ada, a girl born to parents who had prayed to the God Ala for a daughter. Ala, a serpentin...

    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 ...

    I was pulled in to this story (narrated by the author) of Ada, who is a gift from the (plural) Igbo serpent god to her parents for praying the right way. But because they were the child, the god(s) own her, and are always with her. There is a disturbing description of it at the beginni...

    I did an unusual thing before writing this review, I looked at what other people have said about the book. Usually I like coming to a book without any advance knowledge and reviewing it without any awareness of its reception, but this time I was curious. It is a hard book to pin down, ...

    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....

    Review to come.....need to gather my thoughts about this one. ...

    This was an intense read on so many levels. It?s strange but in a way that makes (mostly) perfect sense. The many facets of a person. The inner characters that live inside all of us. It is written in a completely unique and transformative way both contemporary and traditional. A ...

    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 ?on...

    "Freshwater" cleverly discusses the human mind by inquiring what actually constitutes "mental illness": To what degree is our inner fragmentation - the multitude of feelings and urges, the freedom to be many things - part of the human condition, and when does it become harmful and dest...

    3.5 stars Right 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.   H...

    No matter how mad it sounded, the things that were happening in my head were real and had been happening for a very long time. After all the doctors and the diagnoses and the hospitals, this thing of being an ?gbanje, a child of Ala - that was the only path that brought me any peace....

    #RWLChallenge: A Book with a neurodiverse main character of colour (own voices). Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for approving my request for a free digital copy in exchange for a review. TW: Rape Representation for: PTSD, Multiple Personality Disorder This book is too ...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    i finished this some time ago. i'm waiting to find the words to say what it meant to me, and what it means, in general, in my opinion. it's not a book for everyone, but if you are part of a multiple reality or experience dissociation, you should probably read it immediately. if you lik...

    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 more works from Akwaeke. ...

    This is a very difficult book for me to review. It comes from a world that is very different to my own. There is a clue in the author description: "Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and artist based in liminal spaces." Then there is an interview in which the author refers...

    Still cementing my thoughts on this, but the long story short is: I didn't like this novel- the writing and execution. There was a lot more telling than showing with minimal buildup and character development. -------------------------- My interest in this novel is rooted in being a f...

    Ada wanted a reason, a better explanation. We were not enough. We were too strange, She had been raised by humans, medical ones at hat. So instead she read lists of diagnostic criteria, things like disruptions of identity, self-damaging impulsivity, emotional instability and mood swin...

  • Kay
    Oct 18, 2017

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

    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 whe...

    How to review this, how to review this............ The first 50 pages or so of this book were really tough for me. I felt like I was physically fighting the book, trying to wrestle it into submission. After the initial struggle, I fell into a somewhat uneasy rhythm with the story bu...

    !!! https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/02... If 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 more tha...

    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...

    This is a startlingly raw and dark novel about spirituality, abuse, trauma and mental illness. In this fresh perspective, debut novelist Akwaeke Emezi embeds ogbanje, or nonhuman entities, within Ada, a girl born to parents who had prayed to the God Ala for a daughter. Ala, a serpentin...

    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 ...

    I was pulled in to this story (narrated by the author) of Ada, who is a gift from the (plural) Igbo serpent god to her parents for praying the right way. But because they were the child, the god(s) own her, and are always with her. There is a disturbing description of it at the beginni...

    I did an unusual thing before writing this review, I looked at what other people have said about the book. Usually I like coming to a book without any advance knowledge and reviewing it without any awareness of its reception, but this time I was curious. It is a hard book to pin down, ...

    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....

    Review to come.....need to gather my thoughts about this one. ...

    This was an intense read on so many levels. It?s strange but in a way that makes (mostly) perfect sense. The many facets of a person. The inner characters that live inside all of us. It is written in a completely unique and transformative way both contemporary and traditional. A ...

    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 ?on...

    "Freshwater" cleverly discusses the human mind by inquiring what actually constitutes "mental illness": To what degree is our inner fragmentation - the multitude of feelings and urges, the freedom to be many things - part of the human condition, and when does it become harmful and dest...

    3.5 stars Right 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.   H...

    No matter how mad it sounded, the things that were happening in my head were real and had been happening for a very long time. After all the doctors and the diagnoses and the hospitals, this thing of being an ?gbanje, a child of Ala - that was the only path that brought me any peace....

    #RWLChallenge: A Book with a neurodiverse main character of colour (own voices). Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for approving my request for a free digital copy in exchange for a review. TW: Rape Representation for: PTSD, Multiple Personality Disorder This book is too ...

  • Hannah
    Jun 27, 2017

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

  • Tudor Vlad
    Jul 25, 2017

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

    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 whe...

    How to review this, how to review this............ The first 50 pages or so of this book were really tough for me. I felt like I was physically fighting the book, trying to wrestle it into submission. After the initial struggle, I fell into a somewhat uneasy rhythm with the story bu...

    !!! https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/02... If 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 more tha...

    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...

    This is a startlingly raw and dark novel about spirituality, abuse, trauma and mental illness. In this fresh perspective, debut novelist Akwaeke Emezi embeds ogbanje, or nonhuman entities, within Ada, a girl born to parents who had prayed to the God Ala for a daughter. Ala, a serpentin...

    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 ...

  • Sharon Metcalf
    Feb 13, 2018

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

    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 whe...

    How to review this, how to review this............ The first 50 pages or so of this book were really tough for me. I felt like I was physically fighting the book, trying to wrestle it into submission. After the initial struggle, I fell into a somewhat uneasy rhythm with the story bu...

    !!! https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/02... If 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 more tha...

    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...

    This is a startlingly raw and dark novel about spirituality, abuse, trauma and mental illness. In this fresh perspective, debut novelist Akwaeke Emezi embeds ogbanje, or nonhuman entities, within Ada, a girl born to parents who had prayed to the God Ala for a daughter. Ala, a serpentin...

    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 ...

    I was pulled in to this story (narrated by the author) of Ada, who is a gift from the (plural) Igbo serpent god to her parents for praying the right way. But because they were the child, the god(s) own her, and are always with her. There is a disturbing description of it at the beginni...

    I did an unusual thing before writing this review, I looked at what other people have said about the book. Usually I like coming to a book without any advance knowledge and reviewing it without any awareness of its reception, but this time I was curious. It is a hard book to pin down, ...

    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....

    Review to come.....need to gather my thoughts about this one. ...

    This was an intense read on so many levels. It?s strange but in a way that makes (mostly) perfect sense. The many facets of a person. The inner characters that live inside all of us. It is written in a completely unique and transformative way both contemporary and traditional. A ...

    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 ?on...

    "Freshwater" cleverly discusses the human mind by inquiring what actually constitutes "mental illness": To what degree is our inner fragmentation - the multitude of feelings and urges, the freedom to be many things - part of the human condition, and when does it become harmful and dest...

    3.5 stars Right 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.   H...

  • Navidad Thelamour
    Feb 10, 2018

    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 ...

    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 ...

  • Shawn Mooney
    Feb 27, 2018

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

    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 whe...

    How to review this, how to review this............ The first 50 pages or so of this book were really tough for me. I felt like I was physically fighting the book, trying to wrestle it into submission. After the initial struggle, I fell into a somewhat uneasy rhythm with the story bu...

    !!! https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/02... If 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 more tha...

    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...

    This is a startlingly raw and dark novel about spirituality, abuse, trauma and mental illness. In this fresh perspective, debut novelist Akwaeke Emezi embeds ogbanje, or nonhuman entities, within Ada, a girl born to parents who had prayed to the God Ala for a daughter. Ala, a serpentin...

    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 ...

    I was pulled in to this story (narrated by the author) of Ada, who is a gift from the (plural) Igbo serpent god to her parents for praying the right way. But because they were the child, the god(s) own her, and are always with her. There is a disturbing description of it at the beginni...

    I did an unusual thing before writing this review, I looked at what other people have said about the book. Usually I like coming to a book without any advance knowledge and reviewing it without any awareness of its reception, but this time I was curious. It is a hard book to pin down, ...

    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....

    Review to come.....need to gather my thoughts about this one. ...

    This was an intense read on so many levels. It?s strange but in a way that makes (mostly) perfect sense. The many facets of a person. The inner characters that live inside all of us. It is written in a completely unique and transformative way both contemporary and traditional. A ...

    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 ?on...

    "Freshwater" cleverly discusses the human mind by inquiring what actually constitutes "mental illness": To what degree is our inner fragmentation - the multitude of feelings and urges, the freedom to be many things - part of the human condition, and when does it become harmful and dest...

    3.5 stars Right 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.   H...

    No matter how mad it sounded, the things that were happening in my head were real and had been happening for a very long time. After all the doctors and the diagnoses and the hospitals, this thing of being an ?gbanje, a child of Ala - that was the only path that brought me any peace....

    #RWLChallenge: A Book with a neurodiverse main character of colour (own voices). Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for approving my request for a free digital copy in exchange for a review. TW: Rape Representation for: PTSD, Multiple Personality Disorder This book is too ...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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 ...

  • Marie
    Mar 14, 2018

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

    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 whe...

    How to review this, how to review this............ The first 50 pages or so of this book were really tough for me. I felt like I was physically fighting the book, trying to wrestle it into submission. After the initial struggle, I fell into a somewhat uneasy rhythm with the story bu...

    !!! https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/02... If 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 more tha...

    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...

    This is a startlingly raw and dark novel about spirituality, abuse, trauma and mental illness. In this fresh perspective, debut novelist Akwaeke Emezi embeds ogbanje, or nonhuman entities, within Ada, a girl born to parents who had prayed to the God Ala for a daughter. Ala, a serpentin...

  • Meike
    Aug 30, 2018

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

    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 whe...

    How to review this, how to review this............ The first 50 pages or so of this book were really tough for me. I felt like I was physically fighting the book, trying to wrestle it into submission. After the initial struggle, I fell into a somewhat uneasy rhythm with the story bu...

    !!! https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/02... If 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 more tha...

    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...

    This is a startlingly raw and dark novel about spirituality, abuse, trauma and mental illness. In this fresh perspective, debut novelist Akwaeke Emezi embeds ogbanje, or nonhuman entities, within Ada, a girl born to parents who had prayed to the God Ala for a daughter. Ala, a serpentin...

    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 ...

    I was pulled in to this story (narrated by the author) of Ada, who is a gift from the (plural) Igbo serpent god to her parents for praying the right way. But because they were the child, the god(s) own her, and are always with her. There is a disturbing description of it at the beginni...

    I did an unusual thing before writing this review, I looked at what other people have said about the book. Usually I like coming to a book without any advance knowledge and reviewing it without any awareness of its reception, but this time I was curious. It is a hard book to pin down, ...

    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....

    Review to come.....need to gather my thoughts about this one. ...

    This was an intense read on so many levels. It?s strange but in a way that makes (mostly) perfect sense. The many facets of a person. The inner characters that live inside all of us. It is written in a completely unique and transformative way both contemporary and traditional. A ...

    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 ?on...

    "Freshwater" cleverly discusses the human mind by inquiring what actually constitutes "mental illness": To what degree is our inner fragmentation - the multitude of feelings and urges, the freedom to be many things - part of the human condition, and when does it become harmful and dest...

  • Kristina
    Nov 09, 2017

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    5? DEBUT! ?Dedication To those of us with one foot on 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...

    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 whe...

    How to review this, how to review this............ The first 50 pages or so of this book were really tough for me. I felt like I was physically fighting the book, trying to wrestle it into submission. After the initial struggle, I fell into a somewhat uneasy rhythm with the story bu...

    !!! https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/02... If 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 more tha...

    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...

    This is a startlingly raw and dark novel about spirituality, abuse, trauma and mental illness. In this fresh perspective, debut novelist Akwaeke Emezi embeds ogbanje, or nonhuman entities, within Ada, a girl born to parents who had prayed to the God Ala for a daughter. Ala, a serpentin...

    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 ...

    I was pulled in to this story (narrated by the author) of Ada, who is a gift from the (plural) Igbo serpent god to her parents for praying the right way. But because they were the child, the god(s) own her, and are always with her. There is a disturbing description of it at the beginni...

    I did an unusual thing before writing this review, I looked at what other people have said about the book. Usually I like coming to a book without any advance knowledge and reviewing it without any awareness of its reception, but this time I was curious. It is a hard book to pin down, ...

    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....

    Review to come.....need to gather my thoughts about this one. ...

    This was an intense read on so many levels. It?s strange but in a way that makes (mostly) perfect sense. The many facets of a person. The inner characters that live inside all of us. It is written in a completely unique and transformative way both contemporary and traditional. A ...

    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 ?on...

    "Freshwater" cleverly discusses the human mind by inquiring what actually constitutes "mental illness": To what degree is our inner fragmentation - the multitude of feelings and urges, the freedom to be many things - part of the human condition, and when does it become harmful and dest...

    3.5 stars Right 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.   H...

    No matter how mad it sounded, the things that were happening in my head were real and had been happening for a very long time. After all the doctors and the diagnoses and the hospitals, this thing of being an ?gbanje, a child of Ala - that was the only path that brought me any peace....

    #RWLChallenge: A Book with a neurodiverse main character of colour (own voices). Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for approving my request for a free digital copy in exchange for a review. TW: Rape Representation for: PTSD, Multiple Personality Disorder This book is too ...

    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 ver...