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"Nearly all of Adichie's protagonists in the collection are women. But they straddle several worlds; there are the university-affiliated, affluent Nigerian women; there are those who live in a time and place in which they describe the first time they encounter 'white-skinned men...with mirrors and fabrics and the biggest guns'; and there are the Nigerian immigrants living in America." Kara Mason, Rain Taxi (read the entire Rain Taxi review)

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From the prizewinning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, twelve dazzling stories — her most intimate work to date — in which she turns her penetrating eye on the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Nigeria and the United States.

In "A Private Experience", a medical student hides from a violent riot with a poor Muslim woman whose dignity and faith force her to confront the realities and fears she's been pushing away. In "Tomorrow Is Too Far", a woman unlocks the devastating secret that surrounds her brother's death. The young mother at the center of "Imitation" finds her comfortable life in Philadelphia threatened when she learns that her husband has moved his mistress into their Lagos home. And the title story depicts the choking loneliness of a Nigerian girl who moves to an America that turns out to be nothing like the country she expected; though falling in love brings her desires nearly within reach, a death in her homeland forces her to reexamine them.

Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow, and longing, this collection is a resounding confirmation of Adichie's prodigious literary powers.

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"A gorgeous, pitiless account of love, violence, and betrayal." Time

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"Instantly enthralling." The New York Times

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"[O]ne of the best novels to come out of Africa in years." Baltimore Sun

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"[P]rose as lush as the Nigerian landscape that it powerfully evokes." The Boston Globe

Synopsis:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie burst onto the literary scene with her remarkable debut novel, Purple Hibiscus, which critics hailed as “one of the best novels to come out of Africa in years” (Baltimore Sun), with “prose as lush as the Nigerian landscape that it powerfully evokes” (The Boston Globe); The Washington Post called her “the twenty-first-century daughter of Chinua Achebe.” Her award-winning Half of a Yellow Sun became an instant classic upon its publication three years later, once again putting her tremendous gifts—graceful storytelling, knowing compassion, and fierce insight into her characters hearts—on display. Now, in her most intimate and seamlessly crafted work to date, Adichie turns her penetrating eye on not only Nigeria but America, in twelve dazzling stories that explore the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Africa and the United States.

In “A Private Experience,” a medical student hides from a violent riot with a poor Muslim woman whose dignity and faith force her to confront the realities and fears shes been pushing away. In “Tomorrow is Too Far,” a woman unlocks the devastating secret that surrounds her brothers death. The young mother at the center of “Imitation” finds her comfortable life in Philadelphia threatened when she learns that her husband has moved his mistress into their Lagos home. And the title story depicts the choking loneliness of a Nigerian girl who moves to an America that turns out to be nothing like the country she expected; though falling in love brings her desires nearly within reach, a death in her homeland forces her to reexamine them.

Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow, and longing, these stories map, with Adichies signature emotional wisdom, the collision of two cultures and the deeply human struggle to reconcile them. The Thing Around Your Neck is a resounding confirmation of the prodigious literary powers of one of our most essential writers.

About the Author

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria, where she attended medical school for two years at the University of Nigeria before coming to the United States. A 2003 O. Henry Prize winner, Adichie was shortlisted for the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing. Her work has been selected by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and the BBC Short Story Awards, and has appeared in various literary publications, including Zoetrope and the Iowa Review. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and longlisted for the Booker. She now divides her time between the U.S. and Nigeria.

Table of Contents

Cell One

Imitation

A Private Experience

Ghosts

On Monday of Last Week

Jumping Monkey Hill

The Thing Around Your Neck

The American Embassy

The Shivering

The Arrangers of Marriage

Tomorrow Is Too Far

The Headstrong Historian

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307271075
Author:
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
Nigeria
Subject:
Short stories, Nigerian (English)
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20090616
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.68x5.86x.98 in. .87 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages Knopf Publishing Group - English 9780307271075 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Nearly all of Adichie's protagonists in the collection are women. But they straddle several worlds; there are the university-affiliated, affluent Nigerian women; there are those who live in a time and place in which they describe the first time they encounter 'white-skinned men...with mirrors and fabrics and the biggest guns'; and there are the Nigerian immigrants living in America." (read the entire Rain Taxi review)
"Review" by , "A gorgeous, pitiless account of love, violence, and betrayal."
"Review" by , "Instantly enthralling."
"Review" by , "[O]ne of the best novels to come out of Africa in years."
"Review" by , "[P]rose as lush as the Nigerian landscape that it powerfully evokes."
"Synopsis" by , Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie burst onto the literary scene with her remarkable debut novel, Purple Hibiscus, which critics hailed as “one of the best novels to come out of Africa in years” (Baltimore Sun), with “prose as lush as the Nigerian landscape that it powerfully evokes” (The Boston Globe); The Washington Post called her “the twenty-first-century daughter of Chinua Achebe.” Her award-winning Half of a Yellow Sun became an instant classic upon its publication three years later, once again putting her tremendous gifts—graceful storytelling, knowing compassion, and fierce insight into her characters hearts—on display. Now, in her most intimate and seamlessly crafted work to date, Adichie turns her penetrating eye on not only Nigeria but America, in twelve dazzling stories that explore the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Africa and the United States.

In “A Private Experience,” a medical student hides from a violent riot with a poor Muslim woman whose dignity and faith force her to confront the realities and fears shes been pushing away. In “Tomorrow is Too Far,” a woman unlocks the devastating secret that surrounds her brothers death. The young mother at the center of “Imitation” finds her comfortable life in Philadelphia threatened when she learns that her husband has moved his mistress into their Lagos home. And the title story depicts the choking loneliness of a Nigerian girl who moves to an America that turns out to be nothing like the country she expected; though falling in love brings her desires nearly within reach, a death in her homeland forces her to reexamine them.

Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow, and longing, these stories map, with Adichies signature emotional wisdom, the collision of two cultures and the deeply human struggle to reconcile them. The Thing Around Your Neck is a resounding confirmation of the prodigious literary powers of one of our most essential writers.

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