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The Thing Around Your Neck

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie burst onto the literary scene with her remarkable debut novel, Purple Hibiscus, which critics hailed as "one of the best novels to come out of Africa in years" (Baltimore Sun), with "prose as lush as the Nigerian landscape that it powerfully evokes" (The Boston Globe); The Washington Post called her "the twenty-first-century daughter of Chinua Achebe." Her award-winning Half of a Yellow Sun became an instant classic upon its publication three years later, once again putting her tremendous gifts-graceful storytelling, knowing compassion, and fierce insight into her characters' hearts-on display. 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. In "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.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie burst onto the literary scene with her remarkable debut novel, Purple Hibiscus, which critics hailed as "one of the best novels to come out of Africa in years" (Baltimore Sun), with "prose as lush as the Nigerian landscape that it powerfully evokes" (The Boston Globe); The Washington Post called her "the twenty-first-century daughter of Chinua Achebe." Her award-winning Half of a Yellow Sun became an instant classic upon its publication three years later, once again putting her tremendous gifts-graceful storytelling, knowing compassion, and fierce insight into her characters' hearts-on display. 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. In "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.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie burst onto the literary scene with her remarkable debut novel, Purple Hibiscus, which critics hailed as "one of the best novels to come out of Africa in years" (Baltimore Sun), with "prose as lush as the Nigerian landscape that it powerfully evokes" (The Boston Globe); The Washington Post called her "the twenty-first-century daughter of Chinua Achebe." Her award-winning Half of a Yellow Sun became an instant classic upon its publication three years later, once again putting her tremendous gifts-graceful storytelling, knowing compassion, and fierce insight into her characters' hearts-on display. 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. In "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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Adjoa Andoh

Length:

6h 51m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:00


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:02


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:03


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:50


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:52


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:16


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:39


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:54


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:36


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:59


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:36


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:32


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:05


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:05


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:12


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:00


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:58


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:28


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:36


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:24


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:40


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:28


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:22


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:13


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:12


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:58


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:08


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:58


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:18


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:30


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:16


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:23


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:03


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:57


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:43


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:17


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:16


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:36


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:52


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:08


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:40


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:50


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:38


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:55


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:25


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:39


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:21


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:12


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:55


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:26


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:48


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:26


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:38


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:23


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:59


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:29


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:51


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:41


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:15


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:23


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:11


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:47


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

00:26