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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Detail-drenched human stories


“The best novels are those that are important without being like medicine; they have something to say, are expansive and intelligent but never forget to be entertaining and to have character and emotion at their heart." -- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, born on this date in 1977, grew up in Nigeria. Her work has been translated into 30 languages and has appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Granta, The O. Henry Prize Stories, the Financial Times, and Zoetrope

Winner of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (known as “The Genius Grant”), she is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Americanah, and the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck. Americanah, published around the world in 2013, has received numerous accolades, including winning the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and The Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction; and one of The New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year.

 
As for non-fiction, which she is exploring in more detail, she noted, “Non-fiction, and in particular the literary memoir, the stylized recollection of personal experience, is often as much about character and story and emotion as fiction is.

“I am drawn, as a reader, to detail-drenched stories about human lives affected as much by the internal as by the external, (what) Jane Smiley nicely describes as 'first and foremost about how individuals fit, or don't fit, into their social worlds.” 


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