CANCELLED - Queer Book Club - "Freshwater" by Akwaeke Emezi

Queer Book Club -
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

A reading group focusing on literature through a queer lens, hosted monthly at Chicago’s premier bookstore for the LGBTQ community. Alternating between the “classics” of gay fiction and contemporary, historically underrepresented voices, we read to explore queer experience across literary genres and eras! Join us in friendly discussions on the last Tuesday of each month. For questions about this book club, email Matt at matt@unabridgedbookstore.com.

This month the Queer Book Club will meet to discuss Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi on Tuesday, March 31st at 7pm.

Unfortunately, due to current circumstances, Queer Book Club will not meet for our regular discussion on March 31st.

An extraordinary debut novel exploring the metaphysics of identity and mental health, centering on a young Nigerian woman as she struggles to reconcile the proliferation of multiple selves within her. Freshwater tells the story of Ada, an unusual child who is a source of deep concern to her southern Nigerian family. Young Ada is troubled, prone to violent fits. Born “with one foot on the other side,” she begins to develop separate selves wither her as she grows into adulthood. And when she travels to America for college, a traumatic event on campus crystallizes the selves into something powerful and potentially dangerous, making Ada fade into the background of her own mind as these alters – now protective, now hedonistic – move into control. Written with stylistic brilliance and based in the author’s realities, Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace.

Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and artist based in liminal spaces. Born and raised in Nigeria, they received their MPA from New York University and was awarded a 2015 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship. They won the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa. Their work has been published in various literary magazines, including Granta. Freshwater is their debut novel.

 

 
Freshwater Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802128997
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: Grove Press - December 18th, 2018

Event date: 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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