Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - The Thing Around Your Neck

The Thing Around Your Neck - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I think Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is my more famous Nigerian alter-ego. These stories might not be literary perfect but they completely match my sensibilities. They touch on the same themes that haunt me and my sad attempts at writing - disappointment, self-consciousness, the immigrant experience on the very personal, intimate level. 

Each story meant something to me and it would be hard for me to find the one that was my least favourite. I loved those that described the cultural foundation as shaky ground shifting under your feet and offering little support. 

While I liked them all (being Adichie's mental twin and all), I can understand that to some people some of the stories might lack depth and lasting impact. I felt I always knew what she was trying to say even those times when she failed in delivery. 

Even if it is not going to become your favourite collection of short stories, it is definitely worth reading because it offers a unique insight into Nigerian reality.