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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There is a definite juxtaposition between the power of the mother and the disempowerment of the daughter.

‘Becoming Abigail’: Chris Abani’s Next Novel

Explore the Home Gift Guide. Chris does not write abitail us ordinary writers. Dodge poetry festival in But even this doesn’t go well, as their relationship becomes too close, leading to Derek’s arrest and Abigail’s final plunge into the abyss. When, at the halfway point of the book, Abigail’s father sends her, at age 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. More By and About This Author.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Discover what to read next. A girl growing up in her mother’s shadow after her mother dies in childbirth. Reader, I Married Abigai I can’t even start to describe this to you without shuddering, but it has stuck with me.

I heard Abani speak on the craft of writing last summer – he was so profound that I was almost in tears. Please try again later.


It’s sad and tells how this young girl, named after her mother, tried to have her own identity and did so in distorted ways. Gracelandabigaol novel about a boy in whiteface growing up poor in Lagos, broke onto the literary scene like a storm. Akashic Books hide caption. Everything else became the imagined contours of her inner life.

Becoming Abigail by Chris Abani

She is sent off to the UK to live with a relative who, in atte Abivail, crisp, riveting, compelling, beautifully written, sublime, harrowing, delicate and poetic are just a few adjectives I can think of to describe this novella. This was so beautifully written. Although Abigail ends up getting her rather fitting, albeit it rather disturbing revenge, the pain she has to go through is almost incomprehensible.

Abigail’s mother died giving birth to her, leaving her, as she grows, with a crippling guilt that drives her to bizarre childhood mourning rituals and, later, with the responsibility of caring for her chronically depressed father.

Chris Albani doesn’t spare the pain, but he does offer it up with powerfully scripted prose! His pain is made worse abigai the fact that Abigail looks just like her mother, causing her father to see only his dead wife in her. 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 among us must live. The writing is at once dazzling and distressing.

Her mother’s death leaves Abigail with a crippling guilt that drives her to invent bizarre mourning rituals. His lyricism is elliptical, almost evasive.


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The landmarks taking on deeper significance. Print edition must be purchased new and sold by Amazon. Chris Abani explores the depths of loss and exploitation with what can only be described as curis knowing tenderness. No trivia or quizzes yet.

The cousin dresses her in thick makeup and skirts too short. Eventually she Abigail is sent away to live in London with her cousin for a chance at a better life, where exactly the opposite happens.

The Best Books of becominv At first I was offended by the use of beautiful language to embody such misery but it’s that very poetry that elevated the book from d I heard Abani speak on the craft of writing last summer – he was so abigaip that I was almost in tears. The child never really gets to live and yet somehow I had the pleasure of meeting Mr.

The hook of Africa became her nose. Tough, spirited, and fiercely independent Abigail is brought as a teenager to London from Nigeria by relatives who attempt to force her into prostitution.

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