‘Freshwater’ by Akwaeke Emezi on ‘Best Books of 2017’ list

Freshwater, the eagerly anticipated debut novel by Akwaeke Emezi was recently listed as one of The Guardian’s ‘Best Books of 2017’.

Freshwater will be published by Grove Atlantic in the U.S in February 2018, and by Farafina in Nigeria in June 2018.

New York Times bestselling author of ‘Ghana Must Go’ , Taiye Selasi, describes Freshwater as ‘…sexy, sensual…’.

 

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Praise for Freshwater:

“Freshwater is a clarion call to those of us who find that our minds are more haunted and complex than that of the status quo. In exquisite, unearthly prose, Akwaeke Emezi renders the ordinary strange and the strange, ordinary—making Freshwater the most stunning debut novel I’ve read in years. An unforgettable literary experience.””

— Esmé Weijun Wang, author of ‘The Border of Paradise’, winner of the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, and one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists.

“In Emezi’s remarkable debut novel, Freshwater, we enter the lives of our protagonist, starting in Nigeria and ending in the United States. Every page is imbued with radiant prose, and a chorus of poetic voices. With a plot as alive and urgent as it is relatable, Freshwater is also solidly its own, brims with its unique preoccupations. Never before have I read a novel like it — one that speaks to the unification and separation of bodies and souls, the powers or lack thereof of gods and humans, and the long and arduous journey to claiming our many selves, or to setting our many selves free.”

— Chinelo Okparanta, author of ‘Happiness Like Water’ and ‘Under The Udala Trees’, winner of 2014 and 2016 Lambda Literary Awards, and one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists.

More information on the author website here.

 

 

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