Abani follows up GraceLand, his PEN/Faulkner Award–winning boy’s coming-of- age novel, with a searing girl’s coming-of-age novella in which. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Becoming Abigail by Chris Abani. On the face of it, Chris Abani’s novella Becoming Abigail should fit right in there. It is ostensibly about the traumas and abuses suffered by a.

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I had a hard time deciding how to rate this book and finally decide on “it was amazing” because the writing was baigail.

Chris Abani’s Next Novel Listen. Justice does not necessarily win out in Abigail’s story, and her final act of self-recovery and empowerment may not rest well with all readers.

Becoming Abigail

The way it would threaten the world gently, dropping dark clouds over the brightness of an afternoon, wind whipping trees in dark play. An extraordinary, necessary book. Becoming Abigail – UK. Recalling Lucas Moodyson’s crushing Lilya4Everthis portrait of a brutalized girl given no control over her life or body, features Abani’s lyrical prose Abigail’s father’s armchair “smelled of the dreams of everyone who had sat in it” and deft moves between short chapters titled becomjng and “Now”—with the latter offering little promise.

Dec 15, Mark rated it it was amazing.

He must be one of the most brilliant writers of modern time abigaol I hope to have the honour of meeting him one of these days. To remember something that cannot be forgotten. Becoming Abigail is a spare, lyrical novella focussed around a Nigerian girl, alternating short sections focussing on her past and present. Feb 26, Tikiri Tikiri rated it it was amazing.

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May 19, 6: But this is where I felt that a political agenda interfered with the artistic integrity of the work. Everything else became the imagined contours of her inner life. Abigail’s fate is frustrating because of the missteps that make it. Abigail is introspective, and though her actions are certainly crazy, her character is made wholesome or insightful enough for her actions to be passed off and justified as understandable and an acceptable form of healing or an ordinary path to self-actualization.


Becoming Abigail is a hard, unsparing book, cruel in its beauty, shocking in its compassion. She also tries to recall her mother’s funeral though the memory remains becominf no matter how intently she attempts to piece it together. Her father chooses to think well of Peter: Makes yo A brief, but in-depth look inside the life of a young Igbo girl from her beginning in Nigeria to her end in London.

It was a very well developed story-line with complex characters and adult situations. Australia her bottom lip.

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At times he was held in solitary confinement and he was held on death row for some time after being sentenced to death for treason. Seriously though, a haunting short story. Apr 03, Maureen Onyeziri rated it really liked it. The story opens in London, where the fourteen-year-old Abigail was brought by a “cousin” after the death of her father. Abani helps us see how Abigail’s life has taught her to see herself and the people who surround her. Meanwhile, the extreme interiority of the narrative reflects Abigail’s isolation, which works to give the book an intensity and intimacy rarely found in contemporary fiction.

Chris Abani explores the depths of loss and exploitation with what can only be described as a knowing tenderness. Becoming Abigail is, not surprisingly, about memory, loss, and all the cruel disjunctions of exile.

Never sensationalized, the continual revelations are more shocking for abanni quietly told, compressed into taut moments that reveal secrets of cruelty–and of love–up to the last page. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. It is compelling, riveting, and surprising without sacrificing content in such a short format. Abani writes in dense, gorgeous prose. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.


The saddest story, written about a horrid subject, turns out to be one of the most well-written books of all time. Of the complexities of life and how you can never recapture the way a particular shaft of light, falling through a tree, patterned the floor in a shower of shadows.

This novella is informative for what it tells us of experience, and how that forms or deforms us. Abigail was only Start reading Becoming Abigail on your Kindle in under a minute. Warrell A young Nigerian woman sits on an embankment of the River Thames smoking cigarettes as she prepares for a fateful jump.

Discover what to read next. Her mother was an accomplished judge and her father was distraught over the mother’s death. Jul 27, Ann rated it it was amazing. Jul 16, Keke Mabizela rated it it was amazing.

Abigail keeps trying to live up to the brave, independent activist mother, who was a judge at 35, and to make it up to her heartbroken dad for the loss of his wife. I don’t know, I feel like it was trying to build a particular shape and ended up in a different one instead, that it didn’t quite succeed. The story is told by jumping between the current time and the past.

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Hard to read some parts because they are so brutal and vividly imagined that you feel as if you are re living events of Abigail’s life.