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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Chris Abani’s Next Novel Listen. Aug 02, Grace G rated it it was amazing. This book is beyond belief!

He embodies a generosity of spirit that refreshes. Abani once told The Rumpus that Becoming Abigail is “a love letter to my inability to see women for everything they are and offer.

‘Becoming Abigail’: Chris Abani’s Next Novel

Please try again later. Examining the Effects of Assimilation March 21, Not a lot of time is spent on any character aside from Abigail, but her character is dimensional and complex without a lot of direct development.

The cousin dresses her in thick makeup and skirts too becmoing. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Hard to read some parts because they are so brutal and vividly imagined that you feel as if you are re living events of Abigail’s life.


Writing her own identity into her body. Paperbackpages. Abani has a cryptic writing style. The Cover The cover is of Abigail partially kneeling on the floor, naked.

Start reading Becoming Abigail on your Kindle in under a minute. Jan 02, Brooke MacGorman rated it really liked it.

Chris Abani is a novelist and poet who often writes about his native Nigeria. It was highly recommended as bright new fiction. It is grim, gritty, challenging to read.

All in all, I think the book was equally interesting and disturbing. There were, however, a few areas where the repetition of certain phrases and words were distracting.

Chapters titled necoming tell the story of how she arrived at this decisive moment by the Thames, including her mother’s death, her visits with psychiatrists and witches to diagnose her rebellious behavior, and the sexual violence perpetrated by her cousin who eventually facilitates her move from Nigeria. Becoming Abigail is a spare, lyrical novella focussed around a Nigerian girl, alternating short sections focussing on her past and present.

Just a moment chriw we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I was very disappointed at its dark tone and theme of hopelessness. Becoming Abigail – Canada. He also refrains from polemics and focuses solely on the artistic presentation of a young, tragic life, leaving interpretation to the reader. Becoming Abigail by Chris Abani. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.


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London, England United Kingdom. A shocking and yet compelling portrait of Abigail, struggling to come out from her mother’s shadow and abused by pretty much all the men and boys surrounding her.

Then the smell; carried from afar, the lushness of wet, moisture-heavy eath, heralding the first cold stabs of water that seemed to just be practicing for the torrent that was about to come. Lists with This Book.

Becoming Abigail

Everyone should read this. The child never really gets to live and yet somehow I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Abigail’s fate is frustrating because of the missteps that make it.