[NEW LOCATION: TEAISM] Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (BBL)

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Every 2nd Saturday of the month until December 14, 2019

Teaism Penn Quarter

400 8th St NW · Washington, DC

How to find us

We'll be downstairs and I'll prop up a book on the table.

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***The restaurant we usually meet at has gone out of business. We have moved today's meeting to Teaism at 8th & D (closest to Archives metro stop). Sorry for the late notice!***

I think this semi-autobiographical novel will be one of the most unique books we've read thus far and I'm looking forward to our discussion!

This article describes some of the topics that'll be touched on: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/oct/20/akwaeke-emezi-interview-freshwater

This site has links to learn more about the author and where to buy the book: https://groveatlantic.com/book/freshwater/
Approx $10 on Amazon but multiple copies at local libraries. ~230 pages

About the book:
An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born "with one foot on the other side." Unsettling, heartwrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwater is a sharp evocation of a rare way of experiencing the world, one that illuminates how we all construct our identities.

Ada begins her life in the south of Nigeria as a troubled baby and a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents, Saul and Saachi, successfully prayed her into existence, but as she grows into a volatile and splintered child, it becomes clear that something went terribly awry. When Ada comes of age and moves to America for college, the group of selves within her grows in power and agency. A traumatic assault leads to a crystallization of her alternate selves: Asụghara and Saint Vincent. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves―now protective, now hedonistic―move into control, Ada's life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction.

Narrated from the perspective of the various selves within Ada, and based in the author's realities, Freshwater explores the metaphysics of identity and mental health, plunging the reader into the mystery of being and self. Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.

We hope you can join us!