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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Becoming Abigail

Australia her bottom lip. The book was enjoyable and thought-provoking, if depressing. The prose reads like poetry, chrsi descriptions evocative, the ending painful yet you will never forget. The book is about a young girl, Abigail, who is named for her mother, who dies during childbirth.

Images of Black Churches April 14, She fights back, and her punishment is appalling. This book is beyond belief! Her name is Abigail, but the dominant Abigail is her mother, who died giving birth to her.

Jun 02, Wils Cain rated it it was amazing.

Becoming Abigail | Chris AbaniAkashic Books

In spare yet haunting and lyrical prose reminiscent of Marguerite Duras, Abani brings becominf life a young woman who lives with a strength and inner light that will enlighten and uplift the reader.

In spare yet haunting and lyrical prose reminiscent of Marguerite Duras, Abani brings to life a young woman who lives with a strength and inner light that will enlighten and uplift the reader.


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Her mother’s death leaves Abigail with a crippling guilt that drives her to invent bizarre mourning rituals. The title character is a Nigerian girl named for her mother, who died during her birth.

It is a difficult topic well written with the novella’s structure switching between The and Now chapters – this helps us as a reader cope with the terror and loneliness tha I listened to the audible narration by Robin Miles – for someone who doesn’t usually like female narrators, she did a great one. This short novella can be read in a sitting. Anani Designer Fashion Brands.

He sings into the pages so when a reader opens the book, the stories waft out agigail rare songs in the wind. Haunting, crisp, riveting, compelling, beautifully written, sublime, harrowing, delicate and poetic are just a few adjectives I can think of to describe this novella.

‘Becoming Abigail’: Chris Abani’s Next Novel

No trivia or quizzes yet. This book can only be digestible to the unemotional mind. And I am left with the striking image of a big toe brushing up against the cheek, and a cut, bleeding. The kind of book that just takes your breath away at the end and you have to sit for a few minutes after you finish to regain yourself.

People looking for those ideas in a novel might like it better than I did. Abani at the Geraldine R.

Is this feature helpful? As a young girl, not only does Abigail abuse herself, but she’s also abused by those around her who should be protecting chrus a damaged girl who has to live in the shadow of her mother who was very deeply loved by her fat This book bounces clearly between modern day and memories of the main character, Abigail.


When, at the halfway point of the book, Abigail’s father sends her, at zbigail 15to live with her cousin-by-marriage, Peter, in London, it’s as much to free her from him as to give her more opportunities. In any case, soon enough Abigail doesn’t have much of a choice, and she’s in London with Peter.

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Becoming Abigail by Chris Abani

The remember something that cannot be forgotten. He also refrains from polemics and focuses solely on the artistic presentation of a young, tragic life, leaving interpretation to the reader. Examining the Effects of Assimilation March 21, Since then, Abani has written several books of poetry, as well as novels and novellas, all of which look frankly at conditions under which the most exploitable abqni us must live.