A review by justinabasuthakur
Freshwater, by Akwaeke Emezi


it took me about 50 pages to really get into this. it was honestly confusing at first (i didn’t read any synopsis or review about the novel) but once i looked up some of the Igbo and realized how the subjects are based in religion, everything became very literal.

the writing isn’t quite as “lyrical & light yet packs a punch” as some of Emezi’s other work, but damn!! i cannot believe this was their debut novel!!

it’s a very different novel than anything i’ve ever read and for that reason, i’ll be thinking about it constantly for the next couple of days. a story that deals with identity, spirituality, trauma, and relationships. not an easy or quick read, but definitely worth it