On the day a plane crashed in Nigeria, Ukamaka lets into her apartment a neighbor in a Princeton sweatshirt she’d never met before to keep her company and pray. United in a common loss, Ukamaka is glad to have someone she can confide in about her home, her ex-boyfriend, her life as a graduate student in the United States, and her ambitions. But, in her eagerness to discover a new friend in Chinedu, Ukamaka is slow to realize the tragic and desperate secrets he is protecting from her.
In this poignant, stirring short depicting the solitary lives that immigrants face in the United States, acclaimed author of Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie celebrates faith and the fragile ties that can grant salvation.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the author of award-winning and bestselling novels, including Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun; the short story collection The Thing Around Your Neck; and the essay We Should All Be Feminists. A recipient of a… More about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Praise for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and The Thing Around Your Neck:
“The stories in The Thing Around Your Neck are so exquisite they grab you by the throat and stop your heart.” —Vanity Fair
“Tragic, defiant, revelatory. . . . Adichie deploys her calm, deceptive prose to portray women in Nigeria and America who are forced to march their wits against threats ranging from marauding guerillas to microwave ovens.” —The Washington Post
“Masterful. . . . These stories once again prove that Adichie is one of those rare writers that any country or any continent would feel proud to claim as its own.” —San Francisco Chronicle