The Thing Around Your Neck - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer who divides her time between the U.S. and the land of her birth. She is a skilled novelist with important stories to tell. In The Thing Around Your Neck (Anchor, $15), her first collection of short fiction, she writes about the experiences of her fellow Nigerians, here and at home. In the title story a young woman comes to the U.S. and finds this is not the America of her dreams. Another  woman lives in the lap of luxury in Philadelphia but learns from friends that her husband has moved another woman into their Lagos home. The sense of isolation and betrayal these women feel is palpable.  Adichie makes real the fear of both the medical student fleeing a riot and the Muslim woman who shelters him in “A Private Experience.” The beauty of short-story collections is that they can be read one piece at a time—perfect for summer.

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780307455918
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Published: Anchor - June 1st, 2010

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