“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
Adichie, who was born in Nigeria on this date in 1977, has not only been published in the world’s leading English language publications, but also been translated into more than 30 languages.
Winner of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (also known as “The Genius Grant”), she is the author of the award-winning novels Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Americanah, plus numerous short stories and nonfiction that has won many of the world’s leading writing prizes. Among those are the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, The Reader’s Digest Author of the Year, and a PEN Pinter Prize.
“I am drawn, as a reader, to detail-drenched stories about human lives affected as much by the internal as by the external,” she said. “(It’s 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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