The Thing Around Your Neck
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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From the Orange Prize-winning author of “half of a Yellow Sun’ come twelve dazzling stories that make a penetrating eye on the ties that unite men and women, parents and children, Nigeria and the West.In “Personal Experience”, a student in mask medicine from a violent riot with a poor Muslim woman whose dignity and faith of strength to face up to the realities and fears that she has been pushing her away.In “Demain, c’ est beaucoup beaucoup Trop Loin”, a woman unlocks the secret devastation that surrounds her brother’s death.The young mother, at the centre of “Imitation” finds her comfort of life threatened when she learns that her husband, back in Lagos, has moved her mistress to her house.And the title of the story depicts the suffocation of the loneliness of a Nigerian girl who moves to an America that turns out to be nothing like the country, she waits; if the fall in love brings her desire, almost at hand, a dead man in her native country, forces her to question herself again.Torrid and profound, full of beauty, sadness and nostalgia, this collection is a brilliant confirmation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s prodigious narrative powers.
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