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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Sep 17, Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nothing at all is held back. Abani speaks with authority, but his concepts, diction, and syntax still result in a high level of readability. The child never really gets to live and yet somehow you aren’t filled with despair or depression but hope!

Huge plot twists are introduced with a feeling of nonchalance, mid-sentence without any warning. This was how Abigail spent many rainy afternoons, the cartographer of dreams. There is not much more I can say than this.

Christopher Chria or Chris Abani is a Nigerian author. Abani at the Geraldine R. Graceland Today Show Pick January I would read more of his bexoming. Reader, I Married Him: Like a gruesome accident by the roadside that you don’t want to see but are compelled to look at, this book eloquently lures the reader into the deeply disturbing story of a young African girl subjected to repeated abuse on two continents.

An extraordinary, necessary book.

Abani is doing wonderful things with language, and his style is to the point, sharp, and startling, and his images are striking. Chris Abani is a novelist and poet who often writes abano his native Nigeria. This book can only be digestible to the unemotional mind. She flees, struggling to find herself in the shadow of a strong but dead mother.


Mar 23, Blue rated it really liked it. He writes in a very lyrical, poetic, descriptive pose, using beautiful metaphors. Her mother was an accomplished judge and her father was distraught avigail the mother’s death.

It is not something you can borrow and give back-I have to possess this.

Becoming Abigail – Chris Abani

The treatment regarding abuse of women in Africa and its attached social ills are piled up like a deck of cards then they all come tumbling down-like the establishment should. Never sensationalized, the continual revelations are more shocking for being quietly told, compressed into taut moments that reveal secrets of cruelty–and of love–up to the last page.

Everything else became the imagined contours of wbigail inner life. Becoming Abigail is, not surprisingly, about memory, loss, and all the cruel disjunctions of exile.

I did not think it was worth the purchase. Tough, spirited, and fiercely independent Abigail is brought as a teenager to London from Nigeria by relatives who attempt to force her into prostitution. The relative’s husband had made money and he came to get the daughter to bring her to England. The book goes back and forth between these “Now” and “Then” chapters, a movement that reflects how our internal lives rarely progress in a linear fashion but rather loop in cycles as the past and present continuously affect each other.

Abani’s clarity and willingness to examine truth is what makes his writing exceptional and essential. The bleakness of her life has a surreal tinge to it which increases the poetry of the book but also makes it somewhat less believable. Because of the books vile subject matter, its difficult for me to say this is a great novel.

‘Becoming Abigail’: Chris Abani’s Next Novel

He also refrains from polemics and focuses solely on the chrjs presentation of a young, tragic life, leaving interpretation to the reader.


The pace is exceptional. An extraordinary, necessary book. Reverse-Gentrification of the Literary World. Bumble through doing the best we can and hoping that some benevolence keeps us from crashing.

I know in my head that Abigial had a very sheltered life and a book like this also makes me feel it in my soul. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

A Chapbook Box Set Nne. 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 is my first read of Chris Abani becoing I am sure it won’t be my last and I think I will even read this book again as I think his work, poetic and abrasive at the same time, deserves close reading. Want to Read saving…. Quotes from Becoming Abigail. A young Nigerian woman sits on an embankment of the River Thames smoking cigarettes as she prepares for a fateful jump.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Becoming Abigail – Canada. When, at the halfway point of the book, Abigail’s father wbigail 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.

Jan 11, Jesse marked it as 1-mfa-finished. Spare, haunting vignettes abiagil exquisite delicacy tell of horrifying sexual brutality suffered by a young Nigerian girl and of her heartfelt anguish, alternating between “Now” in London, where her relatives try to force her into prostitution, and “Then” back in Ibadan, abigali her mother dies while giving birth to her.