Freshwater – Akwaeke Emezi

Ada begins her life in the south of Nigeria as a troubled baby and a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents, Saul and Saachi, successfully prayed her into existence, but as she grows into a volatile and splintered child, it becomes clear that something went terribly awry. When Ada comes of age and moves to America for college, the group of selves within her grows in power and agency. A traumatic assault leads to a crystallization of her alternate selves: Asụghara and Saint Vincent. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves–now protective, now hedonistic–move into control, Ada’s life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction. –

I received this novel free from the publisher via in exchange for an honest review.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading Freshwater, and I don’t believe that anything could have prepared me for such an incredible and immersive novel.

I’m going to say right now that this is one of my favourite books I’ve read in 2017.

Freshwater explores the presence of Gods in human bodies, of protectors born from tragedy. The characters stand on their own perfectly, and come together in beautiful and painful ways.

I found it difficult to put this down given the prose alone was so beautifully written.

I absolutely recommend picking up a copy as soon as you can.

Trigger/content warnings for self harm, sexual assault and suicidal behaviours.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s