CHOP SUEY BOOKS BOOK CLUB

Each month we meet to discuss a book chosen by our booksellers.The selection is eclectic and guaranteed to facilitate lively conversation. Stop by the store to pick up your book club copy and receive a 10% discount.

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JULY BOOK SELECTION

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

Meeting location:
Chop Suey Books
(2913 W. Cary St.)
Meeting date & time: Wednesday, July 31st @ 7:00pm
(the shop will remain closed, knock on the door!)

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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.

Past book club books:

Black Wave by Michelle Tea
Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
Richmond's Unhealed History by Benjamin Campbell
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele
Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi
The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
Surpassing Certainty by Janet Mock
Sinister Wisdom #109 featuring Mary Dean Carter, Beth Marschak & Mary Gay Hutcherson
Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell
Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke
Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions by Valeria Luiselli
Dawn by Octavia E. Butler
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
A People’s Future of the United States edited by Victor LaValle & John Joseph Adams
The Houseguest by Amparo Davila
Not Here by Hieu Minh Nguyen
Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead