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Debut novelist Akwaeke Emezi Recenters Reality: The NYPL Podcast Ep. 206
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Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and video artist. Freshwater is Emezi's debut novel and one of the most anticipated books of 2018. The partially autobiographical story follows a young person, Ada, from Nigeria to American college, where a traumatic event reveals the hidden powers of the spirits within her. Emezi discussed the novel with Glory Edim, founder of the book club and digital platform, Well-Read Black Girl. She traced the origin story behind Freshwater, decolonizing identities, and navigating transition which Emezi mentions writing about in this article for "The Cut."
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