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Freshwater
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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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: As?ghara and Saint Vincent. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selvesnow protective, now hedonisticmove into control, Adas life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction. Told from the perspective of the various selves within Ada, and closely based on the authors own personal experiences, 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.
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GatheringBooks
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#SoaringScores Day 15: I have #TheConfession of a god residing in a mortal‘s body. The female protagonist here is not one, but many. She is fragmented into multiple beings –but this is not a classic case of dissociative disorder, as Westerners would perhaps minimize the entire experience. It is divinity, belief, and touching, albeit brief and burning, the eternal within one‘s consciousness. My review of this powerful story: https://wp.me/pDlzr-kRa

Cinfhen Cool graphics ~ I couldn‘t get into this book even though it‘s slim and the writing was striking 6d
CrowCAH Hmm sounds interesting. 6d
Billypar Coming up soon on my tbr shelf - excited! 6d
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Carolyn11215
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lele1432 Ooohh these are great choices!! 😧 I've been excited about Freshwater all year. But I've also heard great things about The Shape of Ruins, although it's a tad long. The other three I just added to my TBR because they sound fantastic lol! I'm sorry I am of no help right now..maybe in the morning I'll have more of a preference. 😂 2w
aeeklund I‘ve read Freshwater and it‘s amazing. I don‘t believe it‘s in translation, though? 2w
rachelm I haven‘t read any! If any of them are scary I would not prefer that, but otherwise I‘m up for anything! 2w
Carolyn11215 Okay, Freshwater is out because I didn‘t realize it was written in English.
Description of The Shape of Ruins: A sweeping tale of conspiracy theories, assassinations, and twisted obsessions -- the much anticipated masterpiece from Juan Gabriel Vásquez. Is that too scary @rachelm ? Lele1432 do you know what the page count is for that book? You mentioned it was a tad long and I haven‘t found # of pages In my searches yet.
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rachelm Not too scary for my taste! 2w
lele1432 According to Goodreads it's 528. But it's up to you all! I'm not tied to 400 page count. 2w
Carolyn11215 I don‘t want to violate the page count rule so if we rule that and Freshwater out, do we have preference amongst other 3? Maybe I‘ll do new post to make this easier... 2w
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ephemeralwaltz
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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I didn't enjoy this one as much as I thought I would but it is an impressive debut (@GatheringBooks I can see why you enjoyed it that much😍).
I admire the raw writing in this one on the forging of identity in relation to experience and pain. It is mystical and magical and tough.
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GatheringBooks i only saw the tag now!!! huhuhu. too bad it didn‘t resonate with you tho. i found it immensely powerful, and moving in a way that was unapologetic and alive. the pages breathed for me. 1w
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ephemeralwaltz
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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"After Saachi left, the Ada sank even more into her books, by instinct, separating herself from this world and disappearing into others." #currentlyreading

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rmaclean4
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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Only finished one physical book this month and the rest were audio reads.
Freshwater: Akwaeke Emezi 🎧 4.5 🌟
Circe: Madeline Miller 🎧 4 🌟
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II: Sonia Purnell 🎧 4 🌟
Dopesick : Beth Macy 🎧4 🌟
Early Riser: Jasper Fforde 🎧 3 🌟
A Woman Is No Man: Etsf Rum 📖3 🌟

Currently reading: David Copperfiled, Human Acts, The Wall and Middle Game.

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GatheringBooks
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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#LilithJuly Day 24: #DooWop
“Girls you know you'd better watch out
Some guys, some guys are only about
That thing, that thing, that thing”
The lyrics seem perfect for Ada who, with gods inside her, is driven to frenzied lust & self-harm. This is an absorbing, gritty, dark read, keeping me company while I lounged around my sister-in-law‘s pool in the Bay Area yesterday. Now at the SFO airport, on my way to Nashville with family & still reading it.

KarenUK Safe trip! And this book sounds like a perfect pick 💕😊 3mo
julesG Enjoy your trip! 3mo
Suet624 I LOVED this book. 3mo
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Schnoebs Have fun!!! I want to go to Nashville so much but not sure when I‘ll ever get there lol 3mo
Cinfhen Happy travels ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
ephemeralwaltz Great picture! I just started this one!! 3mo
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GatheringBooks
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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A glass of Asti, a bit of brie, and an assortment of pistachio, macadamia and spicy nuts - and a great book. It must be 5 o‘clock somewhere in the world. 📚🤣🥂🍾
Flying to Nashville tomorrow from California!
#WomenReadWomen2019

Rachbb3 I'm flying from Nashville to California tomorrow! 😆 3mo
DebinHawaii Perfect! 🤗 3mo
Tamra Nice! 3mo
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rmaclean4
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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I found this compelling and surprising. I had read some negative reviews but loved the story telling. The image of the author being in the marble room of her mind with the gods that inhabit her was a powerful. So glad that I listened to the audio as the author read her own work. Trigger warnings for self harm and sexual violence. I will be very interested to read what this author writes next. 4.5 🌟

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lele1432
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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Finally!! I've been hoping I could catch this title on sale, especially since the digital version is normally $24 for some reason...🤔 Super excited! On sale today only I think. #kindle #kindledeals #kindledailydeal #diversebooks

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arlenefinnigan
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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This is an intriguing read, and I have to admit I struggled to follow what was happening as I‘m not familiar with the concept of the ogbanje. The writing is rich enough that I was happy to listen and let it wash over me when I wasn‘t quite following it. A difficult but rewarding read.

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arlenefinnigan
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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#ReadHarder challenge 14: a novel by a trans or nonbinary author

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kindergartenkat
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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I wasn't sure how I felt about this book at the beginning, but the way this book deals with the effects of trauma is really interesting.
#readingwomenchallenge - task 3 an author who is from Nigeria or New Zealand

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kindergartenkat
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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Week 3 check-in for #bookfitnesschallenge #BFC

Book goal- this week 7 books (20 of 20 books pledged!) I am getting through so many books now that I'm off for the summer! Today I spent most of the day weeding the garden listening to books - yea!

Fitness goal 4 workouts- this week I went to crossfit 5 times and went running once 🏋️‍♀️🏋️‍♀️🏋️‍♀️🏋️‍♀️🏋️‍♀️🏃‍♀️ so fitness goal ✔

@wanderinglynn thanks for organizing this!

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week 3! 5mo
Clwojick Awesome! Way to go! 💖 5mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 5mo
bewareofwords Yay! Fantastic job! 💪🏽 5mo
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kgriffith
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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@brandybear22‘s kid took us out to breakfast before our adventure at the McLaughlin Garden Lilac Festival for my birthday, and gave me these sweet gifts that will remind me of the day 🥰 #birthday #bookmark

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kgriffith
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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“Sometimes the gods just want to see what you are going to do.” I‘ve always hated the platitude that god doesn‘t give us more than we can handle, and feel like this is much more in keeping with my idea of what a higher power actually is: curious, not necessarily malevolent, but not seeking to spare me from anything, either. #queerbookclub #queerbooks

Notafraidofwords That‘s interesting. Hmmm. A nugget I‘m chewing on. 5mo
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kgriffith
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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Tucked into a corner of the great room for a bit before programming starts. Also chuckling at the table full of tired queers who just found out they accidentally brewed decaf for the last two pots of coffee 😋

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brandybear22
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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Audiobook done! Good telling, the right amount of twisted and the right amount of truth.

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brandybear22
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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Had to do some driving today and got a bit further along in this book. I am rather engaged with the story, though it‘s not an easy read and I can feel it, like on my skin.

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ClairesReads
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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This was April (plus Freshwater). School break always makes for great reading months and this was no exception. Still on track with #readharder2019 , a good dose of work reading, and some solid #indiebuddyreads managed to get in there too. Stand outs were easily, Spring, West, and The Lost Man- all of which I loved for different reasons.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Awesome! 📖💖 6mo
ClairesReads @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego thank you- it was a great month 6mo
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mklong
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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A novel that is rooted within Igbo ontology but reads as a metaphor for competing emotions, instincts, and beliefs within a self that can be hard to balance. These have been given spiritual manifestation in Ada‘s body, and she is forced to find a balance between all the competing trauma, religious beliefs, and questions of gender identity, in order to find anything like peace. It didn‘t always land for me, but is a remarkable novel all the same.

Redheadrambles It looks like you sort of appreciated it by the end I think we roughly fell into a similar place on this one and also maybe the Ghost Wall by the sounds ;) 6mo
mklong @Redheadrambles Yes I did. I appreciated the ambition of it, even if I found it convoluted at times. And yes, I think we‘re going to end up right in line on Ghost Wall too. 👯‍♀️ 6mo
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batsy
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I'm not sure how to talk about this & it strikes me that it's so out of what I've been taught to be conventional wisdom. I feel compelled to use a list of adjectives: terrifying, exhilarating, devastating, gut-wrenching, & still, at the end, hopeful. Reading interviews with the author helped me to not to read this as a metaphor for anything. Instead, I tried to see the world through the lens of Igbo ontology. It blew my mind open. #womensprize2019

batsy This is an essay by the author https://bit.ly/2E1s4wEand an interview https://bit.ly/2GIsoU0 There is also a reading list https://bit.ly/2KZTY38 Reading the author interviews & essays while reading the book helped me immensely. This isn't a plot-driven novel where you have to worry about spoilers. (I'm sorry that my review can't capture what I found so moving & destabilising & unnerving about the novel.) 6mo
batsy Looks like the first link above doesn't work; here it is https://www.thecut.com/2018/01/writer-and-artist-akwaeke-emezi-gender-transition... 6mo
saresmoore I think it‘s a very helpful review! Thank you for sharing the links, too. 6mo
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Billypar Wow, your review and @Emilymdxn 's are really making me think I need to get to this sooner rather than later! 6mo
saresmoore Aaand I just read the article from The Cut. Don‘t think I can formulate words to respond. 6mo
llwheeler Well if I hadn't already stacked this, you using "ontology" in your review would have made me! Love that word/concept 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Intriguing. Thanks for the essays and interview links, will check them out. 6mo
batsy @saresmoore Thank you, Sara! I felt the same after reading The Cut piece and I still do. Sadly the author mentioned that they got a lot of hate mail after that essay came out 🙁 6mo
batsy @Billypar @erzascarletbookgasm It's truly so distinctive and eye-opening. I feel like all of my responses to it are so banal and doesn't measure up to what was actually put into the work. 6mo
batsy @llwheeler Me too; I love it! The author described the book in those terms and I realised that they are trying to depict something outside both the Western and scientific framework. 6mo
llwheeler @batsy So cool. Definitely moving this one higher up the to read list. 6mo
Freespirit Great review. Thank you😊 6mo
Leftcoastzen Wow, great review! 6mo
readordierachel Thanks for sharing that Cut article. So moving. Will definitely read the novel. 6mo
youneverarrived Brill review. I can‘t say enough about this book. Just love it 🖤 6mo
JennyM Excellent review!!!! ♥️ 6mo
Centique That interview is fascinating Suba. Thanks for sharing the link. Really keen to read this! 6mo
batsy @Freespirit @Leftcoastzen @youneverarrived @JennyM Thank you so much! I've a feeling this book will stay with me for a long time. 6mo
batsy @readordierachel @Centique My pleasure! I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since I read it. 6mo
Reggie Great review for a great book! 6mo
batsy @Reggie Thanks! 6mo
fleeting Yay I've been wanting to buy this and read it, thanks for confirming that I should! 6mo
batsy @fleeting Hope you find it a good one 💜 6mo
BarbaraBB This sounds absolutely as a must-read. Thanks for the review and the articles. 6mo
Lindy I love your review. I also had a hard time describing the impact of this amazing book. 6mo
batsy @BarbaraBB Thank you! I'm glad for the other readers sharing the links on GR; it helped me a lot to understand where the author is coming from. 6mo
batsy @Lindy Thanks, Lindy! 💜 6mo
Suet624 This book blew my mind. I gave it very cautiously to friends of mine because I was afraid they might not love it as much as I did. An absolute favorite of mine. 6mo
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Emilymdxn
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So completely original and like nothing I‘ve read. I definitely didn‘t understand all of it but I also dont think I needed to to be bowled over. I can‘t even describe it, I want to tell you all the premise so you‘ll go away and read it but I don‘t know how - maybe it‘s a very unusual magic realist Bildungsroman but that doesn‘t do it justice. Psychedelic, brutal, tender, beautiful, spiritual, truly unique, deserving of every prize going

kgriffith We‘re discussing this in my queer book club next month, I literally haven‘t stopped thinking about it since I finished it last fall. 6mo
Emilymdxn @kgriffith it‘s the kind of book that makes me want to write an essay about it just so I can work out all my thoughts and what it all means to me. I‘ll definitely be thinking about it for months too. That sounds like an awesome book club! I nominated this for my book club this month (we always have 3 people select a book then we vote from the 3) but I didn‘t win 6mo
youneverarrived Absolutely love this book. You described it perfectly 👌 Hoping it makes it to the short list of the women‘s prize and wins! 6mo
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Emilymdxn
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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Starting my next library ebook (LOVING library ebooks so much it‘s seriously changing my life). This gorgeous, dark, complex Nigerian novel is breathtaking. A few chapters in im not surprised it‘s won so many prizes!

SleepyDragon Library ebook loans totally changed my life as well! I love Overdrive. Also, this book sounds fascinating. 6mo
Emilymdxn @SleepyDragon it‘s incredible! I can‘t believe I didn‘t buy a tablet years ago to get them! And I absolutely recommend this book so far, I‘m not very far through but it‘s definitely something special (edited) 6mo
rretzler I love that I can visit the library without leaving my house...or my chair, for that matter!🤣 6mo
Rachel_nyc Library ebooks completely changed me as well! Only problem is you need to read them on time otherwise they are snatched back! 6mo
batsy I'm reading this too and it's blowing my mind. I feel like I don't have the ability to do justice to how it makes me feel and think. 6mo
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AnneCecilie
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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This book has me really conflicted, and I‘m not sure how I feel about it. We meet Ada who has different selves and depending on which self has control this will decide Ada‘s actions.

I‘m not sure I got everything in this novel and I also have some issues with the selves (under spoiler in comments).
If this novel hadn‘t been longlisted for this year‘s Women Prize for Fiction, I‘m not sure I would have picked it up.

AnneCecilie I never understand how these selves worked. I thought they were in her head, but then somewhere it said something like, Ada was one place while one of the selves was in the kitchen drinking. Then they were two different places or am I missing something? 6mo
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tournevis
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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Afrofuturist cultural infiltration of White dominated popular culture. "Cultural infiltration" from the tagged novel.

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AntoinetteBuchanan
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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A devastating exploration of dissociative identity disorder. The magical realism works so well as a way of explaining Ada‘s mental illness and her struggle for synthesis. The prose is lyrical and beautiful. Tighter in the first half of the book and it could possibly have worked better as a novella, but an assured debut from Akwaeke Emezi. Also an entirely apposite read for Easter.

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Redheadrambles
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⭐️⭐️⭐️

I appreciated the unique perspective this book gave into the authors experiences but I have to admit I struggle to embrace this writing style. Not that “enjoyment” here is a goal, this is a traumatic story. The first 50 or so pages were really great but then I found myself bogged down at times in a mystical spirituality which as an agnostic person of science is a struggle to read through. An impressive first novel but just not for me.

ClairesReads I totally get this- you are very right that the balance was out. Sorry it didn‘t fire for you! 6mo
mklong Uh oh, I am venturing into the bit that bogged down for you now. 6mo
Redheadrambles @mklong how are you going with it - I am so curious! 6mo
mklong Ach! I had to put it down to finish How to Be Both for book club tonight. I‘ll be back at it tomorrow though. 6mo
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AntoinetteBuchanan
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Seriously awful cover design for Akwaeke Emezi‘s Freshwater. But the book is amazing and I‘m only on page 9

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AnneCecilie
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I‘m officially on Easter break, and won‘t return to work until the 23rd.

These are the books I hope to read, as well as finish my current read (tagged).

TrishB Enjoy 👍🏻 6mo
Siri_reads God påske! ?? 6mo
Kalalalatja Enjoy yourself og god påske! ? 6mo
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LiteraryinLititz Enjoy your extra reading time! 6mo
GatheringBooks i saw that frida book when i was in madrid and have been salivating over it ever since. it was too big for me to bring back home though. 😭 6mo
AnneCecilie @TrishB @LiteraryinLititz thanks. I‘m really looking forward to some extra reading time. 6mo
AnneCecilie @Siri_reads @Kalalalatja God påske til dere også ? 6mo
AnneCecilie @GatheringBooks I love Benjamin Lacombe‘s illustrations so I was so happy when I saw this. 6mo
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pdever
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Finally finished Freshwater. It's very good. Emezi brings a new (to me, at least) perspective about existence as many. It's a spiritual story of madness, being inhabited by Gods, spirits, and multiple personalities.

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TheReadingCompanion
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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Currently reading... first chapters are fiercely powerful, unfortunately the middle section is losing the freshness and originality that captured me at the beginning. #currentlyreading #womensprize

Redheadrambles Yes ! I am having exactly this experience 6mo
TheReadingCompanion @Redheadrambles I‘m glad I‘m not the only one. 6mo
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ClairesReads
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This novel, is exceptional, in terms of the scope and ambition of the ideas it explores, and the originality of its expression. It is a dark narrative, one that is awash with intense feelings, passionate deeds, connection, and isolation. Emezi writes about identity, what makes us who we are, and what happens when that identity is fragmented and competing. There‘s a lot going on here, and all of it is good. #indiebuddyreads

Suet624 I LOVED this book. I‘m so happy it‘s getting on so many lists for awards. 6mo
ClairesReads @Suet624 me too- it was excellent. 6mo
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AnneCecilie
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Next up. Not sure I would have borrowed this from the library if it wasn‘t longlisted for the Women‘s Prize for Fiction this year.

Booksnchill I adored this book- read it in January 2018. It is odd. 6mo
Suet624 Loved this book. Have handed it out to everyone to read. 6mo
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Bindrosbookshelf
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I finished book 1 at 2am and then went into a deep sleep.
Bouncing back now at 8am to jump back in. Who needs sleep, really?
Also Freshwater was amazing, 5 stars.
#readathon #deweyapril #readathonaussie @DeweysReadathon

laytonwoman3rd Book darts! 6mo
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Pricel101
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1. Call me a wild & crazy guy but take me back to THE 70‘s! Long live 💃🏼 disco! #kitchendancer
2. Audiobook 🎧 love a well told story
3. Ummm.. older!! 59 😊🍷
4. I‘ve lived across Canada, but settled near my home town
5. @samjmitchell @CouronneDhiver @rabbitprincess @ShyBookOwl @readordierachel @Crazeedi 👋😘📖

Littens you all make my day! 🙏 #litsylove #friyayintro @howjessreads

Crazeedi Right back at you! #litsylove 💖💖💖 6mo
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Bindrosbookshelf
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ClairesReads
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Backing up book club with book club. Also #readharder2019 a novel by a trans or non binary author.

readordierachel I've heard good things about it! And the cover is so lovely. 6mo
ClairesReads @readordierachel I‘m really enjoying it. It‘s quite unlike much else that I‘ve read before but in a good way. 6mo
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ClairesReads
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Erinreadsthebooks I love this book! 7mo
batsy What a sentence. 7mo
ClairesReads @batsy RIGHT?! GENIUS!! 7mo
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ClairesReads @Erinreadsthebooks I‘ve only just started but I‘m loving it!! 7mo
Redheadrambles Great ! So looking forward to this 7mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles it‘s really interesting. I‘m hoping I‘ll finish it today 6mo
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads that‘s super fast ! 6mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles it‘s pretty readable and compelling. 6mo
Suet624 This was a sentence I posted on Litsy too. 💕 6mo
ClairesReads @Suet624 it‘s a good one hey? 6mo
Suet624 @ClairesReads so good. 😁 6mo
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pdever
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I'm about a quarter of the way into this book and it's great so far. Compelling. It's also the first book I have picked up because of a mention on litsy. (Thanks @sprainedbrain )

sprainedbrain If you‘re like me, it will probably the first of many #blameitonlitsy books. I hope you continue to enjoy it! ☺️ (edited) 7mo
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Sarz
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3.5 ⭐
This book was a bit of a challenge to read. I liked it but there was something missing. But maybe that's the appeal? The first 80 pages were a struggle but worth pushing through. The content is confronting - TWs for pretty much everything. It's hard to read. For a short book, there's a lot to process. I'm not sure whether it's incredibly insightful or whether it demonises mental illness (quite literally).

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bookwrm526
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I‘m still thinking about this book, and the voice and concept were amazing. It was difficult, and heart wrenching, and the audiobook was read by the author and very well done. This was my book by a trans or non-binary author for the #readharder challenge @bookriot

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andrew61
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I was totally absorbed by this book told by the spirits who on the birth of Ada possess her body. As she moves from Nigeria to uni in the US a sexual assault brings forth the spirit asughara who is the antithesis of ada and uses ada's body into a series of encounters which are at times visceral. In the latter part of the bk the author, a non binary trans, explores the meaning of gender as their body is surgically changed. Fascinating/brilliant

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suzisteffen
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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Holy schmoly, this book is a splendid, challenging, brilliant, original voice about multiple personalities, being ridden by gods, pain, assault, desire, and so much more. 4.5 ⭐️ and about 45 WOWs.

suzisteffen For people who are referring to the author with female pronouns, please stop. They identify as nonbinary and trans and their pronouns are they/them/their. 7mo
suzisteffen Essay from BuzzFeed at the end of the book about getting this book published as a writer of color: “We don‘t have to swallow our work or be afraid that it‘s too deviant to do well; there is, in fact, no canon we cannot touch. Even when seized by a thousand fears, we can make strange and wonderful things simply for the sake of the strange and the wonderful, we can create without permission, we can write into the unknown.” 7mo
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andrew61
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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I'm not sure if i will mark this up as my 'indigenous author ' booked for my spring #booked2019 challenge but if the New yorker review says 'an indigenous fairy tale ' i think it may do. But gosh this is a stunning read so far which is exploring so many issues by a igbo/tamil writer who is non binary trans and has crafted a semi autographical novel about her own belief of possession by spirits. 2nd women's prize novel is certainly thumbs up so far

youneverarrived I‘m glad you‘re liking it! It‘s so original. Hoping it makes it to the shortlist of the women‘s prize 🤞 7mo
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irre
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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Mehso-so

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Available on #Hoopla

Megabooks Ooo... sorry it‘s a so-so. I was thinking of reading it! 7mo
avalinah @Megabooks this one was a 5 star for me personally 7mo
irre @Megabooks @avalinah I think it was an important topic. Maybe audio didn‘t suit it well. 7mo
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avalinah @irre the funny thing is that I listened to mine on text to speech! So sort of also audio. But yeah, I think it's a very specific book, it just played to my taste I guess. Depends on the reader, and I can see how it wouldn't be someone cup of tea - it's definitely different from pretty much anything else I've read. 7mo
Megabooks @avalinah Thanks for chiming in! I have my next few books in my list queued up, but I think I‘ll check out the ebook and not audio @irre 👍🏻 (edited) 7mo
irre Sounds good @Megabooks 7mo
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suzisteffen
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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Just started this one, and so far it‘s deeply disturbing and wonderful. #amreading

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Redheadrambles
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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Such an exciting longlist for the Woman‘s Prize for 2019 ! One of these books will be the April read for #indiebuddyreads . At the moment it‘s looking like Freshwater and @Redwritinghood we need your vote ! 😀😀

Redwritinghood Thanks Trudie. I just voted but I‘m not sure if it helped. Now we have a tie! I‘ve already read ‘Freshwater‘ so I voted for Praise Song. Who can be the tie-breaker? 8mo
Redheadrambles @Redwritinghood thanks Jerrie I think Susie has yet to vote, so it might be down to her now :) 8mo
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kgriffith
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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Congrats, Akwaeke Emezi! Judge chair professor Kate Williams: “We‘re very careful not to Google the authors while judging, so we did not know. But the book found great favour among us, it is wonderful. They are an incredibly talented author and we‘re keen to celebrate them.”
She said the judges were not aware of Emezi‘s gender identity when they selected Freshwater, but they did check that Emezi was happy to be longlisted before the announcement.

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sprainedbrain
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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I really don‘t think I can do this book justice in a review...original, haunting, confounding, lyrical, harsh, and beautiful. I‘m unsure if I should think of this as first-person narrative of a person with multiple personalities or magical realism with Nigerian mythological spirits, but it‘s amazing to think this is based on the author‘s experiences. Totally unique, and completely captivating.

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#readingwomenchallenge #authorfromnigeria

AmyG I am excited to read this. 8mo
Reggie Ughhh, I just wanted her to be ok. Nice review!! 8mo
sprainedbrain @Reggie Poor Ada. 😔 8mo
Suet624 Absolutely love this book. 7mo
pdever I just picked it up. Looks good 7mo
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