The Thing Around your Neck

The Thing Around your Neck

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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 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, these stories map, with Adichie’s 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.

Baker & Taylor
A collection of twelve stories includes the tale of a medical student in hiding with a poor Muslim woman, and a woman who discovers a devastating secret about her brother's death.

& Taylor

Twelve stories from the prizewinning Nigerian author of Half a Yellow Sun include the tale of a medical student in hiding with a poor Muslim woman, and a woman who discovers a devastating secret about her brother’s death.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009
ISBN: 9780307271075
Branch Call Number: FIC Adichie C
Characteristics: 217 p. ; 22 cm


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Dec 10, 2018

I'm normally not a short story fan but having had a very good friend from Nigeria who was educated in both Nigeria and the UK and later worked in the US these stories really struck a cord.

Mar 04, 2018

Short stories are a tough genre and I usually don’t enjoy every one in a collection but these were spectacular. Real, poignant and filled with vibrant people, places and emotions, these stories dealt with both native Nigerians and immigrants to America. Adichie is a master story teller.

Aug 12, 2017

This is the third book I've read by Adichie, and my favorite so far. The characters in the stories are fascinating individuals and no two stories are the same. The author sets the stories in both the city and the suburbs, and in the liminal places where people are often invisible. Like the best short story collections, I wanted more time with each set of characters, but was also satisfied with the fragments I was fed.

May 15, 2015

Elegantly written collection of authentic short stories. Easy to devour while gaining insight to culture shifting and the African diaspora.

Aug 12, 2014

Title for May 2015

Apr 18, 2014

these are wonderful short by the author, read them ,you won't regret it

Aug 15, 2011

Love this author!

Wread Jan 27, 2011

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