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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: 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. Told from the perspective of the various selves within Ada, and closely based on the author’s 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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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! 📖💖 3w
ClairesReads @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego thank you- it was a great month 3w
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mklong
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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 ;) 3w
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. 👯‍♀️ 3w
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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.) 4w
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... 4w
saresmoore I think it‘s a very helpful review! Thank you for sharing the links, too. 4w
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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! 4w
saresmoore Aaand I just read the article from The Cut. Don‘t think I can formulate words to respond. 4w
llwheeler Well if I hadn't already stacked this, you using "ontology" in your review would have made me! Love that word/concept 4w
erzascarletbookgasm Intriguing. Thanks for the essays and interview links, will check them out. 4w
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 🙁 4w
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. 4w
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. 4w
llwheeler @batsy So cool. Definitely moving this one higher up the to read list. 4w
Freespirit Great review. Thank you😊 4w
Leftcoastzen Wow, great review! 4w
readordierachel Thanks for sharing that Cut article. So moving. Will definitely read the novel. 4w
youneverarrived Brill review. I can‘t say enough about this book. Just love it 🖤 4w
JennyM Excellent review!!!! ♥️ 4w
Centique That interview is fascinating Suba. Thanks for sharing the link. Really keen to read this! 4w
batsy @Freespirit @Leftcoastzen @youneverarrived @JennyM Thank you so much! I've a feeling this book will stay with me for a long time. 4w
batsy @readordierachel @Centique My pleasure! I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since I read it. 4w
Reggie Great review for a great book! 4w
batsy @Reggie Thanks! 4w
fleeting Yay I've been wanting to buy this and read it, thanks for confirming that I should! 4w
batsy @fleeting Hope you find it a good one 💜 4w
BarbaraBB This sounds absolutely as a must-read. Thanks for the review and the articles. 4w
Lindy I love your review. I also had a hard time describing the impact of this amazing book. 4w
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. 4w
batsy @Lindy Thanks, Lindy! 💜 4w
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. 3w
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Emilymdxn
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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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. 1mo
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 1mo
youneverarrived Absolutely love this book. You described it perfectly 👌 Hoping it makes it to the short list of the women‘s prize and wins! 1mo
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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. 1mo
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) 1mo
rretzler I love that I can visit the library without leaving my house...or my chair, for that matter!🤣 1mo
Rachel_nyc Library ebooks completely changed me as well! Only problem is you need to read them on time otherwise they are snatched back! 1mo
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. 1mo
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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? 1mo
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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
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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Mehso-so

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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! 1mo
mklong Uh oh, I am venturing into the bit that bogged down for you now. 1mo
Redheadrambles @mklong how are you going with it - I am so curious! 1mo
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. 1mo
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AntoinetteBuchanan
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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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
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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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 👍🏻 1mo
Siri_reads God påske! ?? 1mo
Kalalalatja Enjoy yourself og god påske! ? 1mo
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LiteraryinLititz Enjoy your extra reading time! 1mo
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. 😭 1mo
AnneCecilie @TrishB @LiteraryinLititz thanks. I‘m really looking forward to some extra reading time. 1mo
AnneCecilie @Siri_reads @Kalalalatja God påske til dere også ? 1mo
AnneCecilie @GatheringBooks I love Benjamin Lacombe‘s illustrations so I was so happy when I saw this. 1mo
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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 1mo
TheReadingCompanion @Redheadrambles I‘m glad I‘m not the only one. 1mo
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ClairesReads
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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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. 1mo
ClairesReads @Suet624 me too- it was excellent. 1mo
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AnneCecilie
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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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. 1mo
Suet624 Loved this book. Have handed it out to everyone to read. 1mo
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Bindrosbookshelf
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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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! 2mo
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Pricel101
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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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 💖💖💖 2mo
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Bindrosbookshelf
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ClairesReads
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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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. 2mo
ClairesReads @readordierachel I‘m really enjoying it. It‘s quite unlike much else that I‘ve read before but in a good way. 2mo
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ClairesReads
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Erinreadsthebooks I love this book! 2mo
batsy What a sentence. 2mo
ClairesReads @batsy RIGHT?! GENIUS!! 2mo
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ClairesReads @Erinreadsthebooks I‘ve only just started but I‘m loving it!! 2mo
Redheadrambles Great ! So looking forward to this 2mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles it‘s really interesting. I‘m hoping I‘ll finish it today 2mo
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads that‘s super fast ! 2mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles it‘s pretty readable and compelling. 2mo
Suet624 This was a sentence I posted on Litsy too. 💕 1mo
ClairesReads @Suet624 it‘s a good one hey? 1mo
Suet624 @ClairesReads so good. 😁 1mo
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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) 2mo
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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. 2mo
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.” 2mo
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andrew61
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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 🤞 2mo
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irre
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Available on #Hoopla

Megabooks Ooo... sorry it‘s a so-so. I was thinking of reading it! 2mo
avalinah @Megabooks this one was a 5 star for me personally 2mo
irre @Megabooks @avalinah I think it was an important topic. Maybe audio didn‘t suit it well. 2mo
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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. 2mo
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) 2mo
irre Sounds good @Megabooks 2mo
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suzisteffen
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Just started this one, and so far it‘s deeply disturbing and wonderful. #amreading

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Redheadrambles
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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? 3mo
Redheadrambles @Redwritinghood thanks Jerrie I think Susie has yet to vote, so it might be down to her now :) 3mo
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kgriffith
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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
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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.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#readingwomenchallenge #authorfromnigeria

AmyG I am excited to read this. 3mo
Reggie Ughhh, I just wanted her to be ok. Nice review!! 3mo
sprainedbrain @Reggie Poor Ada. 😔 3mo
Suet624 Absolutely love this book. 2mo
pdever I just picked it up. Looks good 2mo
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BekaReid
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I found this to be an intriguing story told from a unique perspective. Emezi's writing is beautiful as she tells the story of Ada, a spirit child or ogbanje.

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BekaReid
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When all of the library books come in at once...again! Where to start???

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BookishTrish
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I devoured this book over a long weekend. I didn‘t know what to expect but it gave me a whole new way to look at the world and damn can the author write. I can‘t wait to see what they do next.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Oooh cool to hear! This book has been on my list. 3mo
Pogue I read this for book club she is an amazing writer. 3mo
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BookishTrish
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Still in bed at noon on a Monday. Pictured: my husband‘s #currentlyreading stack

Pricel101 Let us know how you enjoy Freshwater! 3mo
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BookishTrish
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Erinreadsthebooks I LOVE this book! 3mo
BookishTrish @Erinreadsthebooks So far me too. She does such incredible things with narrative voice. 3mo
mcipher Hey I forgot our Lincoln in the Bardo buddy read plans until just now... what to try it in March or April maybe? 😝 3mo
BookishTrish @mcipher Me too! I can do March. April I‘m taking a pretty intense course + working full time so I‘m not sure I‘ll be reading. 3mo
mcipher Okay! Let‘s plan for March. I‘ll look at the chapters/pages when I get home and make up a sort of schedule and post it if you want. Or we can work by email/text first if it‘s easier! 3mo
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strandbookstore
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Trans* & non-binary authors to read RIGHT NOW! 💙🌸💛💬💜📓 Read about these picks on our blog @ this link: @strandbookstore/contemporary-trans-and-nonbinary-authors-to-read-today-3e68b7c35e04" rel="nofollow" target="_top">https://medium.com/@strandbookstore/contemporary-trans-and-nonbinary-authors-to-...

rmaclean4 Thank you!!! 3mo
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Nicole6
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Such a weird book, but so good!

ClairesReads What are your students reading? 2mo
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Bindrosbookshelf
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Another day., another library haul. With this little stack I‘m at 19 books currently out. Clearly my current system of return one, pick up four is not working 😉 #libraryhaul #bookstack

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manicdirteater
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Usually I‘ll give a book at least 25 pages but I bailed on this one 10 pages in. I have no idea what was going on but I couldn‘t do it. 🏃🏽‍♀️

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gabastronaut
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Amazing ready about identity, otherness, and mental illness. Highly recommend.

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Reggie
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#WinterWonderland #MarysBoyChild This book has a main character that has such violence done to her that there are deities who show up in her mind and the whole book you wonder if they are real or a subconscious manifestation conjured up to protect her. Jesus happens to be one of them. This book is very open to interpretation.

Cathythoughts Sounds interesting... I seem to have to stacked already 👍🏻♥️ 5mo
TrishB This sounds very challenging and sad❤️ 5mo
LauraBeth Agree @TrishB ❤️ 5mo
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Erinreadsthebooks One of my favorites this year 💙 5mo
youneverarrived Absolutely loved this! One of the best I‘ve read this year. 5mo
Reggie @CathyThoughts @TrishB @LauraBeth It was challenging and sad. You just want her to be ok. 5mo
Reggie @Erinreadsthebooks @youneverarrived Yes, definitely in the top 10 for me this year. 5mo
Suet624 Top 10 for me. I handed it out like candy to friends. Have you read Heart Berries? Another one in my top 10. 5mo
Reggie @Suet624 I have not but I will move it up. 5mo
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Afua
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'Understand this if you understand nothing: it is a powerful thing to be seen.'

Nothing I've read this year has made me feel as seen as this book. Nothing has broken me open like this, reminding me so much that I am a living breathing thing and that I am not alone in this world. Thank you Akwaeke Emezi. Thank you.

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LiteraryLona
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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Pickpick

This book is so unique and beautiful!

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Dolly
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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Bailedbailed

I tried but got lost in this audio. Got a few chapters in and couldn‘t follow it. Wondering if the print option would‘ve been easier to understand.
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Amiable Love the black kitty! 😻 7mo
Lcsmcat 🐱 does not look amused. 😀 7mo
Dolly @Lcsmcat We must not annoy the Queen with frivolity! @Amiable I love black cats too! There certainly are lots of them on Litsy. 7mo
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Jess_Franzino You should definitely try reading it in print. I read it over the summer and loved it, however, I would have been utterly lost if listening to it. 7mo
Dolly @Jess_Franzino oh, good to know. I had the feeling that might be the case. The accent of the narrator was beautiful but the names and people were confusing. I don‘t want to give up on an author who deserves a 👍 7mo
Redwritinghood I read this in print and liked it and didn‘t find it hard to follow. That might work better for you. 7mo
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AlizaApp
Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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The writer uses Nigerian ideology to explore mental health and gender. We contain multitudes, but according to Emezi we will spend most of our lives reconciling those selves. Mostly it just felt different from anything I have read recently.

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