Review: ‘The Thing Around Your Neck’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche is a critically acclaimed, award-winning writer. I read her ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ and found that her beautiful prose not only interested me but informed me about Nigeria and the short-lived Biafra.

I chose to read this collection in order to study the short story form through a writer I respect. These twelve stories not only educate about an unknown culture but give a new spin on American life: America through the eyes of immigrants. There are no taboos in this collection: there are tales of same-sex desire and adultery as well as war and sibling rivalry. The stories are searing, emotive and intelligent. Adiche’s understanding of how two cultures clash and how people attempt to reconcile cultural differences.

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