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Freshwater Audiobook

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Read By: Akwaeke Emezi Publisher: Highbridge Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: February 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781684410415

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Longest Chapter Length:

45:49 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

01:29 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

17:30 minutes

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Publisher Description

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: Asughara 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] mind-blowing debut…Complex and dark, this novel will simultaneously challenge and reward lovers of literary fiction. A must-read.”

    — Booklist (starred 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)


  • 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
  • Longlisted for the 2019 Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction
  • A BookRiot Pick of Best Audiobooks

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About Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi (they/them) is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Death of Vivek Oji, which was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize; Pet, a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature; and Freshwater, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Selected as 5 under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation, they are based in liminal spaces.