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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Chris Abani’s Next Novel. In spare yet haunting and lyrical prose reminiscent of Chrjs Duras, Abani brings to life a young woman who lives with a strength and inner light that will enlighten and uplift the reader. It is compelling, riveting, and surprising without sacrificing content in such a short format. 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.

Trivia About Becoming Abigail. A breathtaking novella from chrls award-winning author of Song for Night and GraceLand.

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‘Becoming Abigail’: Chris Abani’s Next Novel

Lists with This Book. Showing of 29 reviews. Chris Abani is an amazing man, a published writer since the age of 16, imprisoned three times by the Nigerian state, sentenced to death once, who is an amazing novelist, poet, and social rights activist.


There is not much cheis I can say than this. I just finished reading Becoming Abigail last night.

Becoming Abigail – Chris Abani

Until she realizes that, when she does make a choice, others fight against her. Repeated sexual violations by male relatives and the self-imposed expectation that she live up to her idealized image of her mother create unbearable pain and contradiction. Huge plot twists are introduced becomiing a feeling of nonchalance, mid-sentence without any warning.

The complete review ‘s Review:. Abigail is sensitive, courageous, and teetering on the brink of madness.

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. The style was beautiful, clearly a novel by a poet. It shows abai the daughter’s bscoming her father’s ways of dealing with her death, and the daughter’s escape from prostitution.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Raped by her cousin at age 10, she burns and cuts herself; then things get much worse.

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The story continues in its brief chapters as the final days of Abigail are recounted.


There were, however, a few areas where the repetition of certain phrases and words were distracting. 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.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Discover what to read next. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. His lyricism is elliptical, almost evasive. The writing style is very poetic and rhythmic. Books of the Week.

As a young girl, not only does Abigail abuse herself, but she’s also abused by those around her who should be protecting such a damaged girl who has to live in the shadow of her mother who was very deeply loved by her fat This book bounces clearly abwni modern day and memories of the main character, Abigail.

Because of the books vile subject matter, its difficult for me to say this is a great novel. An intensely visual, yet simplistically descriptive novella about devastation and discovery and the other blurred bits of life in between.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. This short novella can be read in a sitting.