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Crookston Public Library 155.937 ADI (Text) 33500013406343 New Checked out 06/28/2021

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  • ISBN: 0593320808
  • ISBN: 9780593320808
  • Physical Description: 67 pages ; 19 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2021.

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General Note:
"This is a slightly expanded version of a piece written by the author that originally appeared in The New Yorker on September 10, 2020"--Title page verso.
Summary, etc.:
Notes on Grief is an exquisite work of meditation, remembrance, and hope, written in the wake of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's beloved father's death in the summer of 2020. As the COVID-19 pandemic raged around the world, and kept Adichie and her family members separated from one another, her father succumbed unexpectedly to complications of kidney failure. Expanding on her original New Yorker piece, Adichie shares how this loss shook her to her core. She writes about being one of the millions of people grieving this year; about the familial and cultural dimensions of grief and also about the loneliness and anger that are unavoidable in it. With signature precision of language, and glittering, devastating detail on the page--and never without touches of rich, honest humor--Adichie weaves together her own experience of her father's death with threads of his life story, from his remarkable survival during the Biafran war, through a long career as a statistics professor, into the days of the pandemic in which he'd stay connected with his children and grandchildren over video chat from the family home in Abba, Nigeria. In the compact format of We Should All Be Feminists and Dear Ijeawele, Adichie delivers a gem of a book--a book that fundamentally connects us to one another as it probes one of the most universal human experiences. Notes on Grief is a book for this moment--a work readers will treasure and share now more than ever--and yet will prove durable and timeless, an indispensable addition to Adichie's canon.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 April #2
    Celebrated novelist (Americanah, 2013) and writer Adichie offers deeply etched testimony to the devastation she endured in the U.S. when her adored father died unexpectedly of kidney disease an ocean away in Nigeria during the COVID-19 lockdown. Shock, rage, and pain—physical and psychic—are built into the stronghold of her syntax as she recounts the Zoom calls she and her large family conducted to stay in as close-as-possible touch during the long, stressful separation, communication abruptly derailed by her father's hard-to-accept absence. Memories slowly cohere into a portrait of Adichie's father as Nigeria's first professor of statistics and deputy vice chancellor at the University of Nigeria (where her mother was the first woman registrar) as well as a man of attentiveness, humor, wisdom, and kindness. Adichie reflects on the crucial role he played in her life, teaching her, among many lessons, that "learning is never-ending." Adichie's exquisitely forthright chronicle of grief generously articulates the harrowing amplification of sorrow, helplessness, and loss during the COVID-19 pandemic, making this an intimate and essential illumination of a tragic time. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, 1977- > Family.
Bereavement > Psychological aspects.
Fathers > Death > Psychological aspects.
Authors, Nigerian > 21st century > Biography.
Fathers and daughters > Nigeria > Biography.
Women authors, Nigerian > Biography.
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi 1977-
Authors, Nigerian.
Bereavement > Psychological aspects.
Fathers and daughters.
Fathers > Death > Psychological aspects.
Women authors, Nigerian.
Genre: Biography.

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