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The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Jan 02, 2011

it was amazing
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Read in January, 2011

What a great way to start my reading year in 2011. I loooooved this book of short stories by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

The Thing Around Your Neck contains 12 short stories about Nigerian women (and one man) who struggle with their families, their marriages, their country, American immigration & culture, sexism, racism, education, war, religion, their children, and their neighbors. Her characters are very realistic and her writing is beautiful and honest.

I am a big fan of short stories and have read many collections that I found fantastic, but I usually only have great emotional reactions to full length novels. Short stories, while they can make me feel, usually leave me more intellectual satisfied than emotionally. Not so here, I was shocked, delighted, moved to laughter and tears..I will definitely be picking up more from Adichie!

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