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Idit | 1028 comments This is a collection of short stories by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi and the first book of her’s that I’ve read

And it’s really good
The stories are unassuming
They all work well together and deal with similar topics.
There are few stories of people (mainly women) living in Nigeria and few of Nigerian who immigrated to USA.

The one in Nigeria tend to touch violence more closely - death, wars, riots
And the ones in America tend to be more about loneliness, identity
But each story have much more.
Sibling rivalry (especially sister to older and lmire loved brother), feminism, religion, husband/wife relations, politics, motherhood .. its all there. With very simple and direct language

The last story is different. It refers (I think) to the novel Things Fall Apart and includes all the topics mentioned before.

The book is really good and I highly recommend it


message 2: by Susie (new)

Susie | 4488 comments I loved Americanah. Thanks for your review of this one.


message 3: by Idit (new)

Idit | 1028 comments I might get to Americanah this month (or one of her other books)


message 4: by Susie (new)

Susie | 4488 comments The audio is excellent if you like audiobooks.


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Idit | 1028 comments I do! Thanks for the tip


message 6: by Jason (new)

Jason Oliver | 2098 comments Sounds interesting. I'm adding it.


message 7: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl  (cherylllr) The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who also wrote We Should All Be Feminists.

Does this not count for Strong Women??


message 8: by Idit (new)

Idit | 1028 comments Cheryl wrote: "The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who also wrote We Should All Be Feminists.

Does this not count for Strong Women??"


good point!
It should probably go there.
She most surely is a strong woman.

Had the topic of the month been feminism, or women struggles - I'd put the book there without thinking twice.
it's definitely one of the main themes in most of the short stories.

But it's about current day Nigerians and a lot of the women are portrayed subservient (not by choice) or not in control of their life... , but then a lot of them are strong, or striving to find their way

so yes. You are probably right.
but - wherever it is - it's worth reading for anyone who cares about women power and empowering women
(among many other important ideas those stories show)


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