Authors & Events
by David Damrosch
Both individually and together, this collection of short stories forms a bracing antidote to what Adichie has called “The Danger of a Single Story” — the title of a TED talk that’s been viewed some 24 million times. Adichie divides her time between her native Nigeria and the United States, and she often portrays Nigerians at home in a globalized Lagos or abroad in an often provincial USA. Adichie’s stories probe the consequences of decisions made or not made, as women deal with disappointing marriages or a widower is comforted by his wife’s ghost at night. In their blend of revelation and restraint, Adichie’s stories reveal the moral and psychological depths of the most everyday events.
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