If you are interested in a true sense of feminism, then you must be aware of this Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It’s day 3 of April A to Z and it’s time to take our journey to Nigeria. I was first introduced to Chimamanda through a video of a booktuber, Ariel Bissett where she talks about her book “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions”. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response to the request she received from her dear childhood friend asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist.
Chimamanda is delivered her famous talk about “We should all be feminist” at TEDx where she shared her experience of being African Feminist and her views on gender expectations which brought her in front of a wide audience across the world. The talk is later published by Harper Collins as a standalone volume by the same name. But today I want to introduce you to one of her short story collections “The thing around your neck”. While reviewing this book, Daily Telegraph said, ‘She makes storytelling seem as easy as birdsong’.
This collection has 12 stories covering the whole bunch of human emotions and aspects of life like religion, dreams, fears, etc. The stories are set in violence-torn Africa where fear for life is a constant and everyone aspires to ‘American Dream’. But the dream is not as merry as they expected for everyone. First published in 2009, Adichie has marked her sign on the literary world with her signature emotional wisdom.
I am eagerly waiting to start reading this book as it is going to be my introduction to African society. Hope you will enjoy these stories too. You can grab your copy from following links.
Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Fourth Estate (23 February 2017)
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