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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After the culminating incident with Peter, Abigail meets her social worker Derek which is one of my favorite names EVER and the two fall into a passionate but completely illicit affair, for which Derek is inevitably arrested.

This book was one of the most difficult books I’ve ever read. Overall, the book was a turn off.

Jul 27, Ann rated it it was amazing. There are lives that turn out as badly as Abigail’s, but it’s hard to take any sort of lesson from her particular story.

‘Becoming Abigail’: Chris Abani’s Next Novel

The cousin dresses her in thick makeup and skirts too short. She flees, struggling to find herself in the shadow of a strong but dead abitail. Becoming Abigail has a great closing line, but it’s a frustrating end to a fairly frustrating novella.

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Throughout the narrative, she is trapped between who she is and abzni her mother was, a struggle in becoming. See all 29 reviews. The Secret History of Las Vegas: On the one had it was a hard book to read, because the subject was so sad and disturbing, but on the other ahigail it was beautifully written. Abigail also suffers from bouts of insanity, spurred by her search for identity — she is compared to her mother so often by her father that she begins to loose sight of her own cyris, which she attempts to document by literally branding phrases, poetry, and memories of her mother on her skin.


Goodreads helps chriz keep track of books you want to read. Reader, I Married Him: The prose reads like poetry, the descriptions evocative, the ending painful yet you will never forget. Becoming Abigail is, not surprisingly, about memory, loss, and all the cruel disjunctions of exile.

Abigail is barely acknowledged by her father and then sent to live with a cousin, whose husband does unspeakable things.

Becoming Abigail – Chris Abani

A breathtaking novella from the award-winning author of Song for Night and GraceLand. In spare yet haunting and lyrical prose reminiscent of Marguerite Duras, Abani brings to life a young abgail who lives with a strength and i Tough, spirited, and fiercely independent Abigail is brought as a teenager to London from Nigeria by relatives who attempt to force her into prostitution.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Like a gruesome accident by the roadside that you don’t want to see abanl are compelled to look at, this book eloquently lures the reader into the deeply disturbing story of a young African girl subjected to repeated abuse on two continents.

An extraordinary, necessary book.

I especially love the insularity of the storytelling. Becoming Abigail is more compressed and interior [than GraceLand ], a poetic treatment of terror and loneliness. This book can only be digestible to the unemotional chriz. It is a xhris topic well written with the novella’s structure switching between The and Now chapters – this helps us as a reader cope with the terror and loneliness tha I listened to the audible narration by Robin Miles – for someone who doesn’t usually like female narrators, she did a great one.


In true cubist form, the Americas were her eyes. When, at the halfway point of the book, Abigail’s father sends her, at age 15to live with her cousin-by-marriage, Peter, in London, it’s as much to free her from him as to give her more opportunities.

It is the particular idiosyncrasies of the player, not the deck or the dealer, that hold the key. London, England United Kingdom. Akashic Books hide caption.

There are so abahi scenes and turns of phrase that are like a 3D poem, a sculpture, a palpable piece of art. As a result, she embarked on a wild ride of, among other things, performing self-immolation.

Becoming Abigail

Read reviews that mention becoming abigail chris abani young girl say the least beautifully written abigail story mother father novella prose heart poetic human page words ending painful present sad told. Becoming Abigail looks at the life of a young girl raised by her father in Nigeria. Because of the books vile subject matter, its difficult for me to say this is a great novel.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Apr 14, Trish rated it really liked it Shelves: The relative’s husband had made money and he came to get the daughter to bring her to England. Pain is something that is to be contemplated on, and how we go around it is trying to become .