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The Resource Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi

Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi

Label
Freshwater
Title
Freshwater
Statement of responsibility
Akwaeke Emezi
Creator
Contributor
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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. Narrated from the perspective of the various selves within Ada, and based in the author's realities, Freshwater explores the metaphysics of identity and mental health, plunging the reader into the mystery of being and self. Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice
Awards note
National Book Foundation, 5 Under 35 Author Honoree
Cataloging source
B@L
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Emezi, Akwaeke
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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Emezi, Akwaeke
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  • Women
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Dissociative disorders
  • FICTION
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Women
  • Nigeria
Label
Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes the essay by the author, Writing into the Unknown, which first appeared on BuzzFeed READER on February 7, 2018 (pages 233-240)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1028002059
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Grove Atlantic paperback edition.
Extent
240 pages
Isbn
9780802128997
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1028002059
Label
Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes the essay by the author, Writing into the Unknown, which first appeared on BuzzFeed READER on February 7, 2018 (pages 233-240)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1028002059
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Grove Atlantic paperback edition.
Extent
240 pages
Isbn
9780802128997
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1028002059

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