If you can get through all the hunks in People‘s “Summer’s Hottest Bachelors” issue to the books section, you’ll find that Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book of short stories, The Thing Around Your Neck, is a “People Pick,” an honor they bestow infrequently.

People says that Adichie “writes with wisdom and compassion about her countrymen’s experiences as foreigners, both in America and in their changing homeland. Hers is one of fiction’s most compelling new voices.”

Most prepub reviews were very positive (with the notable exception of Publishers Weekly, who felt that, while each story is illuminating on its own, when read together, they “…take on a repetitive slice-of-life quality, where assimilation and gender roles become ready stand-ins for what could be more probing work”).

Adichie’s previous book, her first [note; thanks for the correction from Beth Morrill; Purple Hibiscus was Adichie’s first book, which Beth recommends highly], was the critically-acclaimed novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, published in 2006.

The Thing Around Your Neck is on order in small quantities in most large libraries, with a few reserves.

The Thing Around Your Neck
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Knopf – (2009-06-16)
ISBN / EAN: 0307271072 / 9780307271075

2 Responses to “PEOPLE Picks”

  1. Beth Morrill Says:

    Adichie is a wonderful writer and I’m sure she lives up to it in “The Thing Around Your Neck”. One small correction, Adichie’s first work is a well-written and powerful novel called Purple Hibiscus (which I would also highly recommend).

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