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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada (June 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307397904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307397904
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 45 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In recounting these people's lives Ms. Adichie demonstrates, as she did in Half of a Yellow Sun, that she is adept at conjuring the unending personal ripples created by political circumstance."
The New York Times

"A dozen note-perfect short stories. . . . One of the most artful writers of the English language."
The Globe and Mail

"Adichie writes with an economy and precision that makes the strange seem familiar. She makes storytelling seem as easy as birdsong."
The Daily Telegraph

"Mesmerizing. . . . This superior collection accentuates the intellect, insight and blistering honesty that have made Adichie a prominent writer of her generation. . . . Her style might be described as enigmatically ordinary; a prose so effortless that the work it does is practically invisible to the eye."
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About the Author

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria. Her work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, including The O. Henry Prize Stories 2003, the New Yorker, Granta, the Financial Times and Zoetrope. Her most recent novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, won the Orange Broadband Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Friederike Knabe TOP 100 REVIEWER on Sept. 22 2010
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"I felt as though I were in a different physical world, on another planet. The people [...] wore a mark of foreignness, otherness, on their faces..." Chinaza, a young Nigerian bride describes her new surroundings in New York. She, like other protagonists in this quietly affecting collection of stories, seeks to adjust to daily life in the United States, a country they could only envision from snippets of information prior to their arrival. With each of the twelve stories, award winning Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie opens a small window into the minds of those who grapple with the challenges of bridging traditional cultures and modern realities, whether within Africa or, as in the majority of stories, across continents.

Her central characters may be young brides, part-time wives, mothers, students or job seekers, whose lives are captured in a crucial or decisive period of time. Through Adichie's perceptive portraits, we gain insights into a wide range of "private experience[s]". We meet Nkem, who, having settled with her husband in the US, has now reason to worry about his continuing life back home in Nigeria. Kamara, a recent immigrant, needs to get by on a babysitting job after her uncle and long-term resident, made unwelcome inappropriate advances. Graduate student Ukamaka, abandoned by her boyfriend, finds an unusual friendship in the most unexpected way... Taken together, these sensitively crafted stories, some more like beautiful, impressionistic vignettes, yet always ending with a surprising twist, create a colourful mosaic of women's efforts to take control of their lives, confronting - with varying level of success - the obstacles they face, be they from their own extended family, the prejudices of their surroundings or from their own lack of understanding.
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By Kelsi TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 14 2015
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This collection of twelve short stories is nothing short of absolute brilliance. I absolutely love how Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie critiques aspects of society. I would definitely recommend this book to gain more insight into Nigerian culture and the experience of immigrating and assimilating to fit in with a new society. Each short story left me in complete awe - Impossible to pick a favorite.

I cannot wait to read more of this fine author's work.
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By Jake on Oct. 16 2014
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I love Adichie's writing. it is very understated, simply, and moving. With some exception (Half of a Yellow Sun being the big one), very little actually happens in her stories, but the character development and personal stories make for compelling reads! I definitely recommend any of her work!
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I adored this book. Adichie quickly brought me into many different, often painful, worlds, and transfixed me to them. Wonderful book. I have found a new favourite author.
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