Freshwater

Love is transformative in that way. Like small gods, it can bring out the prophet in you. You find yourself selling dreams of spectacular hereafters, possible only if you believe, if you really, really believe.

'Freshwater' is a book about heartbreak, truth, love, and loss. The story is told in a way that I've never read before. It's not easy to extrapolate, there are many pieces that are left for the reader to interpret. There's no other book I can compare this story to. I don't want to divulge too much of the story, so I will keep the synopsis short.

Ada grew up in Southern Nigeria and is seen as a "difficult" child. As Ada grows into a young woman, separate selves or multiple personalities begin to arise due to the fact that gods have occupied her mind and body.

Ada is an unreliable narrator from the get go because of her mental state and the multiple personalities, so in the beginning I was lost for a bit -which I think is the point because the whole story is taking place in Ada's mind. Emezi's use of otherworldly-mystical elements to discuss mental illness was very interesting and so effective in delivering her message. 'Freshwater' is a very dark, masterfully written story about the horrifying and tragic effects violence and trauma can cause the mind and body.

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Tanbir Minhas