Friday Reads 01/20/17

Happy Friday Everyone!

I know today kinda sucks being January 20th but reading is a great way to distract myself! YAY!

I only plan on reading/finishing one book this weekend and that’s The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I’m already about half way through and I’m enjoying it so far! There’s only two stories that I wasn’t feeling but the rest are pretty worthwhile.

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Now, in her most intimate and seamlessly crafted work to date, Adichie turns her penetrating eye on not only Nigeria but America, in twelve dazzling stories that explore the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Africa and the United States.

Friday reads the thing.jpgIn “A Private Experience,” a medical student hides from a violent riot with a poor Muslim woman whose dignity and faith force her to confront the realities and fears she’s been pushing away. In “Tomorrow is Too Far,” a woman unlocks the devastating secret that surrounds her brother’s death. The young mother at the center of “Imitation” finds her comfortable life in Philadelphia threatened when she learns that her husband has moved his mistress into their Lagos home. And the title story depicts the choking loneliness of a Nigerian girl who moves to an America that turns out to be nothing like the country she expected; though falling in love brings her desires nearly within reach, a death in her homeland forces her to reexamine them.

Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow, and longing, these stories map, with Adichie’s signature emotional wisdom, the collision of two cultures and the deeply human struggle to reconcile them. The Thing Around Your Neck is a resounding confirmation of the prodigious literary powers of one of our most essential writers.

 

What are you reading this weekend?

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