A review by bookishplantmom
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

challenging emotional reflective slow-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


This book was « terrifyingly beautiful ». Amezi blew me out of the water. This book is compelling, reflective, gut wrenching, beautiful and thoughtful. It follows Ada after/during/through traumatic events and focuses on the interiority of dealing with such this. I don’t wish to say too much about the plot because much of the story deserves to be experienced without preconceived notions. It is just stunning. I would say if you have read Butter Honey Pig Bread by Ekwuyasi you may very well enjoy this book. 

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