The Thing Around your Neck
By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Read Oct 2020
This reader continues to find this author quite remarkable. In Half of a Yellow Sun, she enabled this reader to better understand the challenges faced by the Nigerian peoples following being “made” into a country by lines drawn by Europeans for their convenience and the Biafran war. In Americanah she explored the challenges of encountering what it means to be “black” in the US and the issues associated with trying to return to your native country’s culture after spending years studying abroad. In both cases the characters engaged the reader deeply.
This reader describes this collection of twelve short stories as exquisite. In each case the story is a human one with universal themes, but the intersection of cultures, usually Nigerian and American, provides a unique perspective to each.