A National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” Honoree
Finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for a Debut Novel
Shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
A New York Times Notable Book
One of the most highly praised novels of the year, the debut from an astonishing young writer, Freshwater tells the story of Ada, an unusual child who is a source of deep concern to her southern Nigerian family. Young Ada is troubled, prone to violent fits. Born “with one foot on the other side,” she begins to develop separate selves within her as she grows into adulthood. And when she travels to America for college, a traumatic event on campus crystallizes the selves into something powerful and potentially dangerous, making Ada fade into the background of her own mind as these alters—now protective, now hedonistic—move into control. Written with stylistic brilliance and based in the author’s realities, Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace.
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This is my new favorite book. I know bc it seems like I can read it all over again and I just finished it. Beautifully written.... satirical, spiritual, thought provoking, mirroring, us as human beings or a tale of the divine. Overall just beautiful.
One of my favorites
Although I had to start this book twice, I am so glad I gave it a second chance. This book was SO thoughtfully written with commentary on sexuality, mental health, and a number of other different topics. It was quite dense at first, but quickly becomes extremely captivating. It is EASILY one of my top 5 favorite books of the last 10 years.
A gripping portrait of the delicate and yet impassioned tango between African traditional religion, the spirit world and mental illness. Beautifully done!