Becoming Abigail / Edition 1by Chris Abani
Pub. Date: 03/01/2006
Publisher: Akashic Books
TOUGH, SPIRITED, AND FIERCELY INDEPENDENT, Abigail is brought as a teenager to London from Nigeria by relatives who attempt to force her into prostitution. She flees, struggling to find herself in the shadow of a strong but dead mother, and trying to save the one lover she has chosen in her short life, her social worker-disgraced and now facing charges. In spare yet haunting and lyrical prose reminiscent of Marguerite Duras, Abani brings to life a young woman who lives with a strength and inner light that will enlighten and uplift the reader.
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this book was agreat read- very intense, Chris abani had come to my school and read from this book and from then ive become an avid reader of his books. its great!
This novella provides proof that sometimes life just deals you a rotten hand. The heartbreaking story of Abigail is a metaphor for the cruelity of humanity at its absolute worse and how a tender, caring moment can change everything. A story like this reminds you of just how good you have it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, with its intriguing plot revealed through alternating 'then' and 'now' chapters. It is a fascinating look into the mind of a young girl who believes that her destruction will bring her healing.