A review by sp1derfairy
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

dark emotional hopeful informative mysterious reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


Oh my gosh!!! This book was absolutely wonderful to read and I loved learning about Igbo culture and I cannot wait to do research of my own to learn more as well. Emezi’s writing is overwhelming and beautiful and it fills you up, takes you a minute to digest every imagery-rich word. It’s hard to process, you’re confronted with each of these sentences, faced with something bitter, like the Gods are and how they show you. I really loved it and how Emezi crafted this around their own experiences and I adored seeing the perspectives of the Gods as they all had so many unique thoughts and perspectives to offer. This book is about existing as who you are and being in touch with that. 

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