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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Gazing across the water where she imagines “the ghosts of those who had also ended it here,” the young woman recalls the men she has slept with for money and the way she wrote “me” on her breasts to reclaim her body afterward.

A young Nigerian woman sits on an embankment of the River Thames smoking cigarettes as she prepares for a fateful jump. In any case, soon enough Abigail doesn’t have much of a choice, and she’s in London with Peter.

She endures sexual abuse at the hand of relatives, and ends up in the hands of a malevolent cousin.

Throughout the narrative, she is trapped between who she is and abifail her mother was, a struggle in becoming. A girl who struggles to find herself-in the ashes abigwil her mother’s memory and the pain and despair of her father as he abused her. Peter is, of course, a terrible, terrible person. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

This short novella can be read in a sitting.

She’s a survivor constantly fighting against those who would use her. It shows becoking the daughter’s and her father’s ways of dealing with her death, and the daughter’s escape from prostitution. She flees, struggling to find herself in the shadow of a strong but dead mother. Buy the selected items together This item: Her name is Abigail, but the dominant Abigail is her mother, who died giving birth to her. This book can only be digestible to the unemotional mind. Huge plot twists are introduced with a feeling of nonchalance, mid-sentence without any warning.


Becoming Abigail by Chris Abani

I suspect the becomnig in particular will give book groups something to get their teeth into – the whole question of choice and of the inevitabile consequences of abuse. This is a well written novela about a very troubled young girl from Africa whose mother dies in childbirth. His lyricism is elliptical, almost evasive.

Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Chris does not write like us ordinary writers.

Abani comes up with some nice stuff in presenting this harrowing tale, but the depressing and ugly occurrences are fairly overwhelming.

Pain is something that is to be contemplated on, and how we go around it is trying to become. It is a difficult 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 that Abigail is subjected to and allows us to really feel her isolation, the confusion and becomig within her as she tries to deal with the pain in her life and her circumstances.

Becoming Abigail is, chtis surprisingly, becominh memory, loss, and all the cruel disjunctions of exile. Apr 08, Sheila rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just before the daughter left, she found her father had hung himself. Particularly commendable is his ability to write convincingly about an adolescent girl as an older man. Chris Abani’s Next Novel Listen. Abani has a cryptic writing style.

Abigail is introspective, and though her actions are certainly crazy, her character is made wholesome or insightful enough for her actions to be passed off and justified as understandable and an acceptable form of healing or an ordinary path to self-actualization. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Available as an e-book for: It is a short book just over pages but it is profound and heartbreaking.


Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre. Fhris, crisp, abigaip, compelling, beautifully written, sublime, harrowing, delicate and poetic are just a few adjectives I can think of to describe this novella.

A God, that is. He decided that it was best for his daughter to go there for the rest of her schooling.

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Chris Befoming Next Novel. It is the particular idiosyncrasies of the player, not the deck or the dealer, that hold the key. I listened to the audible narration by Robin Miles – for someone who doesn’t usually like female narrators, she did a great one. Oct 29, Millie rated it really liked it. Don’t have a Kindle? Well written but sad. Sep 02, Endora harris rated it it was amazing.

The pace is exceptional. Becoming Abigail by Chris Abani. She suffers abuse at the hands of every male figure in her life and things do not turn out well. The brutality documented in this novella about a fourteen year old Igbo girl whose mother dies in childbirth, father commits suicide, and who is transplanted to England by an uncle who wants to sell her into prositution, left me with a heavy feeling of doom and dismay.