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:0802127355
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    !!! 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...

    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...

  • 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 ...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    !!! 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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....

    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, ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    Wow. I am almost speechless after finishing Freshwater. First of all, I was warned by the summary of the book yet I was not prepared for this novel. I liked that Freshwater was character driven. The story focuses on Ada and her fractured selves, Asughara and Saint Vincent. The story is...

    A unique examination of painful adolescence, Freshwater is bewitching, bewildering and arresting in equal measure. The novel combines an almost stream-of-consciousness narrative style with the central conceit of the multiple narrators being deities that inhabit the protagonist's mind. ...

    "The first madness was that we were born, that they stuffed a god into a bag of skin." I've never read anything like this debut novel, and am in awe of its fierceness. Ada is born with an Ogbanje (a godlike Igbo spirit) inside her, and the story begins with the Ogbanje's narratio...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Humans often pray and forget what their mouths can do, forget that every ear is listening, that when you direct your longing to the gods, they can take that personally.' This is one splintered read, which is the intention to conv...

    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 good, and at around 41 pages to go I decided to stop reading. I may pick it up again...

    First, I would like to thank Grove Atlantic for my copy of Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi, as well as the beautiful letterpress bookmark! Thank you! When I read the synopsis for Freshwater I was instantly intrigued but also a little hesitant to be honest. This isn't a story I would no...

    Strange yet beautiful, this book is about a woman warring against forces inside herself that she cannot accept. She sees them as ogbanje, evil spirits that live inside her, split her personality and cause her to do things that are unacceptable to her family, her religion, and her own s...

  • 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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Jessica Sullivan
    Mar 02, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    !!! 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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....

    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, ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    Wow. I am almost speechless after finishing Freshwater. First of all, I was warned by the summary of the book yet I was not prepared for this novel. I liked that Freshwater was character driven. The story focuses on Ada and her fractured selves, Asughara and Saint Vincent. The story is...

    A unique examination of painful adolescence, Freshwater is bewitching, bewildering and arresting in equal measure. The novel combines an almost stream-of-consciousness narrative style with the central conceit of the multiple narrators being deities that inhabit the protagonist's mind. ...

    "The first madness was that we were born, that they stuffed a god into a bag of skin." I've never read anything like this debut novel, and am in awe of its fierceness. Ada is born with an Ogbanje (a godlike Igbo spirit) inside her, and the story begins with the Ogbanje's narratio...

  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    Aug 16, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    !!! 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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....

    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, ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    Wow. I am almost speechless after finishing Freshwater. First of all, I was warned by the summary of the book yet I was not prepared for this novel. I liked that Freshwater was character driven. The story focuses on Ada and her fractured selves, Asughara and Saint Vincent. The story is...

    A unique examination of painful adolescence, Freshwater is bewitching, bewildering and arresting in equal measure. The novel combines an almost stream-of-consciousness narrative style with the central conceit of the multiple narrators being deities that inhabit the protagonist's mind. ...

    "The first madness was that we were born, that they stuffed a god into a bag of skin." I've never read anything like this debut novel, and am in awe of its fierceness. Ada is born with an Ogbanje (a godlike Igbo spirit) inside her, and the story begins with the Ogbanje's narratio...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Humans often pray and forget what their mouths can do, forget that every ear is listening, that when you direct your longing to the gods, they can take that personally.' This is one splintered read, which is the intention to conv...

  • Renee (some kind of a library)
    Mar 05, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    !!! 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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....

    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, ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    Wow. I am almost speechless after finishing Freshwater. First of all, I was warned by the summary of the book yet I was not prepared for this novel. I liked that Freshwater was character driven. The story focuses on Ada and her fractured selves, Asughara and Saint Vincent. The story is...

    A unique examination of painful adolescence, Freshwater is bewitching, bewildering and arresting in equal measure. The novel combines an almost stream-of-consciousness narrative style with the central conceit of the multiple narrators being deities that inhabit the protagonist's mind. ...

    "The first madness was that we were born, that they stuffed a god into a bag of skin." I've never read anything like this debut novel, and am in awe of its fierceness. Ada is born with an Ogbanje (a godlike Igbo spirit) inside her, and the story begins with the Ogbanje's narratio...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Humans often pray and forget what their mouths can do, forget that every ear is listening, that when you direct your longing to the gods, they can take that personally.' This is one splintered read, which is the intention to conv...

    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 good, and at around 41 pages to go I decided to stop reading. I may pick it up again...

    First, I would like to thank Grove Atlantic for my copy of Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi, as well as the beautiful letterpress bookmark! Thank you! When I read the synopsis for Freshwater I was instantly intrigued but also a little hesitant to be honest. This isn't a story I would no...

  • Karen
    Feb 17, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    !!! 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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....

    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, ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    Wow. I am almost speechless after finishing Freshwater. First of all, I was warned by the summary of the book yet I was not prepared for this novel. I liked that Freshwater was character driven. The story focuses on Ada and her fractured selves, Asughara and Saint Vincent. The story is...

    A unique examination of painful adolescence, Freshwater is bewitching, bewildering and arresting in equal measure. The novel combines an almost stream-of-consciousness narrative style with the central conceit of the multiple narrators being deities that inhabit the protagonist's mind. ...

    "The first madness was that we were born, that they stuffed a god into a bag of skin." I've never read anything like this debut novel, and am in awe of its fierceness. Ada is born with an Ogbanje (a godlike Igbo spirit) inside her, and the story begins with the Ogbanje's narratio...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Humans often pray and forget what their mouths can do, forget that every ear is listening, that when you direct your longing to the gods, they can take that personally.' This is one splintered read, which is the intention to conv...

    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 good, and at around 41 pages to go I decided to stop reading. I may pick it up again...

    First, I would like to thank Grove Atlantic for my copy of Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi, as well as the beautiful letterpress bookmark! Thank you! When I read the synopsis for Freshwater I was instantly intrigued but also a little hesitant to be honest. This isn't a story I would no...

    Strange yet beautiful, this book is about a woman warring against forces inside herself that she cannot accept. She sees them as ogbanje, evil spirits that live inside her, split her personality and cause her to do things that are unacceptable to her family, her religion, and her own s...

    My review: https://youtu.be/rYEEmDqxuxI ...

    WoW! Extraordinary debut novel! This engaging #ownvoices book captures vivid imagery in weaving a narrative that pushes the limits of what is conventionally considered possible! ...

    This is a VERY unique story. The writing style is quite amazing and imaginative hence the 3 stars. I thought it would be a book similar to Sybil. But I was way wrong! There is too much darkness here and Freshwater was a difficult read for me. I was put off by some of the sexual bits th...

  • 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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    !!! 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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    !!! 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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....

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    !!! 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...

    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...

    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...

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

  • 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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    !!! 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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....

    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, ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    Wow. I am almost speechless after finishing Freshwater. First of all, I was warned by the summary of the book yet I was not prepared for this novel. I liked that Freshwater was character driven. The story focuses on Ada and her fractured selves, Asughara and Saint Vincent. The story is...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Dominique
    Oct 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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    !!! 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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....

    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, ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    Wow. I am almost speechless after finishing Freshwater. First of all, I was warned by the summary of the book yet I was not prepared for this novel. I liked that Freshwater was character driven. The story focuses on Ada and her fractured selves, Asughara and Saint Vincent. The story is...

    A unique examination of painful adolescence, Freshwater is bewitching, bewildering and arresting in equal measure. The novel combines an almost stream-of-consciousness narrative style with the central conceit of the multiple narrators being deities that inhabit the protagonist's mind. ...

    "The first madness was that we were born, that they stuffed a god into a bag of skin." I've never read anything like this debut novel, and am in awe of its fierceness. Ada is born with an Ogbanje (a godlike Igbo spirit) inside her, and the story begins with the Ogbanje's narratio...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Humans often pray and forget what their mouths can do, forget that every ear is listening, that when you direct your longing to the gods, they can take that personally.' This is one splintered read, which is the intention to conv...

    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 good, and at around 41 pages to go I decided to stop reading. I may pick it up again...

    First, I would like to thank Grove Atlantic for my copy of Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi, as well as the beautiful letterpress bookmark! Thank you! When I read the synopsis for Freshwater I was instantly intrigued but also a little hesitant to be honest. This isn't a story I would no...

    Strange yet beautiful, this book is about a woman warring against forces inside herself that she cannot accept. She sees them as ogbanje, evil spirits that live inside her, split her personality and cause her to do things that are unacceptable to her family, her religion, and her own s...

    My review: https://youtu.be/rYEEmDqxuxI ...

  • 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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    !!! 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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....

    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, ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

  • Krystal
    Jul 01, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    !!! 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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....

    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, ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    Wow. I am almost speechless after finishing Freshwater. First of all, I was warned by the summary of the book yet I was not prepared for this novel. I liked that Freshwater was character driven. The story focuses on Ada and her fractured selves, Asughara and Saint Vincent. The story is...

    A unique examination of painful adolescence, Freshwater is bewitching, bewildering and arresting in equal measure. The novel combines an almost stream-of-consciousness narrative style with the central conceit of the multiple narrators being deities that inhabit the protagonist's mind. ...

    "The first madness was that we were born, that they stuffed a god into a bag of skin." I've never read anything like this debut novel, and am in awe of its fierceness. Ada is born with an Ogbanje (a godlike Igbo spirit) inside her, and the story begins with the Ogbanje's narratio...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Humans often pray and forget what their mouths can do, forget that every ear is listening, that when you direct your longing to the gods, they can take that personally.' This is one splintered read, which is the intention to conv...

    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 good, and at around 41 pages to go I decided to stop reading. I may pick it up again...

    First, I would like to thank Grove Atlantic for my copy of Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi, as well as the beautiful letterpress bookmark! Thank you! When I read the synopsis for Freshwater I was instantly intrigued but also a little hesitant to be honest. This isn't a story I would no...

    Strange yet beautiful, this book is about a woman warring against forces inside herself that she cannot accept. She sees them as ogbanje, evil spirits that live inside her, split her personality and cause her to do things that are unacceptable to her family, her religion, and her own s...

    My review: https://youtu.be/rYEEmDqxuxI ...

    WoW! Extraordinary debut novel! This engaging #ownvoices book captures vivid imagery in weaving a narrative that pushes the limits of what is conventionally considered possible! ...

  • 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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    !!! 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...

  • 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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    !!! 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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....

    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, ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    !!! 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    !!! 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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....

    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, ...

    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...

  • 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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    !!! 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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....

    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, ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    Wow. I am almost speechless after finishing Freshwater. First of all, I was warned by the summary of the book yet I was not prepared for this novel. I liked that Freshwater was character driven. The story focuses on Ada and her fractured selves, Asughara and Saint Vincent. The story is...

    A unique examination of painful adolescence, Freshwater is bewitching, bewildering and arresting in equal measure. The novel combines an almost stream-of-consciousness narrative style with the central conceit of the multiple narrators being deities that inhabit the protagonist's mind. ...

    "The first madness was that we were born, that they stuffed a god into a bag of skin." I've never read anything like this debut novel, and am in awe of its fierceness. Ada is born with an Ogbanje (a godlike Igbo spirit) inside her, and the story begins with the Ogbanje's narratio...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Humans often pray and forget what their mouths can do, forget that every ear is listening, that when you direct your longing to the gods, they can take that personally.' This is one splintered read, which is the intention to conv...

    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 good, and at around 41 pages to go I decided to stop reading. I may pick it up again...

  • 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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    !!! 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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    !!! 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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....

    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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    !!! 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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....

    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, ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Jaime
    Feb 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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    !!! 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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....

    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, ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    Wow. I am almost speechless after finishing Freshwater. First of all, I was warned by the summary of the book yet I was not prepared for this novel. I liked that Freshwater was character driven. The story focuses on Ada and her fractured selves, Asughara and Saint Vincent. The story is...

  • 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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    !!! 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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    !!! 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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....

    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, ...

    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...

    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...

    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...