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Winner of a Commonwealth Writers' Prize and an Orange Prize for Fiction, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie continues the literary tradition of Chinua Achebe, one of her greatest influences, in...
Winner of a Commonwealth Writers' Prize and an Orange Prize for Fiction, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie continues the literary tradition of Chinua Achebe, one of her greatest influences, in...
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  • Winner of a Commonwealth Writers' Prize and an Orange Prize for Fiction, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie continues the literary tradition of Chinua Achebe, one of her greatest influences, in thisbrilliant collection of stories. Focusing on life's many clashes—tradition with modernity, African cultures with American—Adichie delivers a series of haunting, character-driven tales.

    "Adichie's graceful and slicing stories ... beautifully capture the immense resonance of small things as the larger world pitches into incoherence."—Booklist

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  • AudioFile Magazine In this collection of 12 short stories, some of which have been previously published, author Adichie offers a glimpse into the lives of a diverse cross section of Nigerians in their home country. The stories also depict Nigerian-Americans as they navigate the culture of the United States, which is often at odds with their previous experiences and expectations. Narrator Adjoa Andoh delivers an impressive and engrossing performance, complete with accurate Nigerian accents for the various protagonists, many of whom are strong women or women who are just realizing their strength. Andoh is always sensitive to the tone of the story--by turns delicate or forceful where appropriate. S.E.G. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 6, 2009
    Adichie (Half of a Yellow Sun
    ) stays on familiar turf in her deflated first story collection. The tension between Nigerians and Nigerian-Americans, and the question of what it means to be middle-class in each country, feeds most of these dozen stories. Best known are “Cell One,” and “The Headstrong Historian,” which have both appeared in the New Yorker
    and are the collection’s finest works. “Cell One,” in particular, about the appropriation of American ghetto culture by Nigerian university students, is both emotionally and intellectually fulfilling. Most of the other stories in this collection, while brimming with pathos and rich in character, are limited. The expansive canvas of the novel suits Adichie’s work best; here, she fixates mostly on romantic relationships. Each story’s observations illuminate once; read in succession, they take on a repetitive slice-of-life quality, where assimilation and gender roles become ready stand-ins for what could be more probing work.

  • AudioFile Magazine The main characters in Adichie's short stories are Nigerians of varied ages and lifestyles. Narrator Adjoa Andoh spins the tales in the voices of the main characters, allowing the listener to envision them and travel with them through their life stories. Andoh modulates her voice so that character changes are evident while maintaining the realism of the scenes. The listener is invited to into the lives of an upper-class Nigerian family; a single woman, formerly married; a young Nigerian woman who is living in the U.S.; and others. B.T.D. � AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine

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