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Author: Akwaeke Emezi Narrator: Akwaeke Emezi Publisher: Highbridge Audio Audio Length: Release Date: February 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781684410415

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An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born “with one foot on the other side.” Unsettling, heartwrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwater is a sharp evocation of a rare way of experiencing the world, one that illuminates how we all construct our identities.

Ada begins her life in the south of Nigeria as a troubled baby and a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents, Saul and Saachi, successfully prayed her into existence, but as she grows into a volatile and splintered child, it becomes clear that something went terribly awry. When Ada comes of age and moves to America for college, the group of selves within her grows in power and agency. A traumatic assault leads to a crystallization of her alternate selves: 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.

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  • “Author Akwaeke Emezi navigates the different voices residing in Ada…Emezi’s consistent tempo rhythmically draws listeners into Ada’s chaotic world. The meshing of voices is dark and captivating, and Emezi’s steady pitch doesn’t get in the way of the tale. It feels right. There is just enough flux in her voice to show range but not derail the plot, which takes place within the main character.”

    - AudioFile
  • “Stunning…The talk of the literary town…A novel that sidesteps contemporary fiction’s more obvious beats.”

    - Entertainment Weekly
  • “Ground-shaking…It is a battle for a body and a soul, and the stakes are high.”

    - Paris Review
  • A stunning and disorienting story…Its shape-shifting perspective is radical and innovative…A novel so unique and fresh, it feels as if the medium has been reinvented.”

    - Toronto Star (Canada)
  • “[A] mind-blowing debut…Complex and dark, this novel will simultaneously challenge and reward lovers of literary fiction. A must-read.”

    - Booklist (starred review)


  • Longlisted for the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize for Fiction
  • Longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
  • An Elle Magazine Pick of Best Books to Read This Winter
  • An Esquire Magazine Pick of Best Books of the Year (So Far)
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month

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About the Author

Akwaeke Emezi is the author of the several acclaimed novels, including Freshwater, which made the finals for numerous awards and was also named a Best Book of the Decade by BuzzFeed and a Best Book of the Year by the New Yorker, NPR, and the Chicago Public Library. The novel Pet won the Stonewall Book Award and was named a best book of the year by the New York Times, Time magazine, NPR, and BuzzFeed, among others.