Indies Introduce


  • Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi
    Grove Press, 9780802127358, February 13, 2018 (Fiction)

    “An arresting, fiery book that’s ambitious in its aims, an inherently metaphysical novel that illustrates a singular worldview with confidence and verve. And it’s all done with a focused, original voice."

    Justin Souther, Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café (Asheville, NC)

    This novel is a full and arresting examination of the search for a sense of belonging to one’s self. It reads like the result of a successful dinner party, with a guest list featuring Octavia Butler, Neil Gaiman, Salman Rushdie, Helen Oyeyemi, and several preeminent cultural and sociological scholars and hosted by Chimamanda Adichie. Freshwater follows Ada, a child born with ‘a foot on the other side,’ through her early life in Nigeria and her emigration to America, where she is trailed by many forces from the lands she left behind. It gives us new vocabulary and territories for exploring the awkwardness of intersections that we encounter—gender, culture, tradition, history, personal mythology—and how one might go about locating herself in the pull of so many competing influences.”

    Sarah Bumstead, Vroman’s Bookstore (Pasadena, CA)

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