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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I would read more of his books.

Because of the books vile subject matter, its difficult for me to say this is a great novel. Abani once told The Rumpus that Becoming Abigail is “a love letter to my inability to see women for everything they are and offer. Abani comes up with some nice stuff in presenting this harrowing tale, but the depressing and ugly occurrences are fairly overwhelming. Although Abigail ends up getting her rather fitting, albeit it rather disturbing revenge, the pain she has to go through abigali almost incomprehensible.

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Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Becoming Abigail is not a pretty tale. Abigail’s mother died giving birth to her, leaving her, as she grows, with a crippling guilt that drives her to bizarre childhood mourning rituals and, later, with the responsibility of caring for her chronically depressed father.

In the end, I felt relieved, rather than sad.

Open Preview See a Problem? Not for a moment, though, does Abani allow himself that most tempting stupefacient of exile, nostalgia. Abani masterfully crhis a believeable female charactor, something, I believe, aigail very difficult for men to do.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. 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 child never really gets to live and yet somehow I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. This was so beautifully written.


The remember something that cannot be forgotten. Throughout the narrative, she is trapped between who she is and who her mother was, a struggle in becoming.

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Thousands of books are eligible, including current and former best sellers. The style was beautiful, clearly a novel by a poet. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Feb 09, Mti Librarian rated it liked it Shelves: Her mother was an accomplished judge and her father was distraught over the mother’s death.

Spare, haunting vignettes of 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, where her mother dies while giving birth to her. A girl who struggles to find herself-in the ashes of her mother’s memory and the pain and despair of her father as he abused her.

Becoming Abigail by Chris Abani. It’s sad and tells how this young girl, named after her mother, tried to have her own identity and did so in distorted ways. She is sent off to the UK to live with a relative who, in atte Haunting, crisp, riveting, compelling, beautifully written, sublime, harrowing, delicate and poetic are just a few adjectives I can think of to describe this novella.

Feb 26, Tikiri Tikiri rated it it was amazing. Overall, the book was a turn off. Since then, Abani has written several books of poetry, as well as novels and novellas, all of which look frankly at conditions under which the most exploitable among us must live. The saddest story, written about a horrid subject, turns out to be one of the most well-written books of all time. He must be one of the most brilliant writers of modern time and I hope to have the honour of meeting him one of these days.


I thought that was a little pretentious, especially to use so many pages for praises-which could have been easily utilized to add more depth to some of the characters. This is the prevalence of ritual.

Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. Very powerfully told short story of a young girl whose mother died in childbirth. She also tries to recall her mother’s funeral though the memory remains unclear no matter how intently she attempts to piece it together.

Becoming Abigail

The story is told by jumping between the current time and the past. Abigail comes from abigaol Nigerian family, a highly patriarchal culture, and her father is completely distraught over his wifes death.

His daughter looked just like his wife and it bothered his daughter that she wasn’t seen as an individual. Abani speaks with authority, but his concepts, diction, and syntax still result in a high level of readability. Discover what to read next. His lyricism is elliptical, almost evasive.

This book can only be digestible to the unemotional mind. It is hard not to believe that someone like Abigail would not survive. Feb 12, Leilani Clark rated it liked it Recommended to Leilani by: Haunting, crisp, riveting, compelling, beautifully written, sublime, harrowing, delicate and poetic are just a few adjectives Abigwil can think of to describe this novella.