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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Becoming Abigail

There were, abiigail, a few areas where the repetition of certain phrases and words were distracting. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

The story of the daughter, who tries very hard becomkng to become Abigail, and a girl, who painfully becomes a woman, is mostly disturbing and uncomfortable. There was the open pleasure of Covent Garden with its flower shops, vegetable stalls, colorful barrow boy calls, the new market with with stall after stall selling trinkets that nobody needed to people who should know better.

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Perhaps as many as half the sentences are fragmentary. But this is where I felt that a political agenda interfered with the artistic integrity of the work. Reverse-Gentrification of the Literary World. Aug 02, Grace G rated it it was amazing.

On the one had it was a hard book to read, because the subject was so sad and disturbing, but on the other hand it was beautifully written. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Trivia About Becoming Abigail. Sep 17, Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is one of many betrayals she deals with as well as incredible hardships. Abani’s style of writing is beautiful but quite vivid, so get ready for some disturbing imagery.


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His daughter looked just like his wife and it bothered his daughter that she wasn’t seen as an individual. She flees, struggling to find herself in the shadow of a strong but dead mother. Although Abigail ends up getting her rather fitting, albeit it rather disturbing revenge, the pain she has to go through is almost incomprehensible.

I can’t even start to describe this to you without shuddering, but it has stuck with me. Becominv commendable is his ability to write convincingly about an adolescent girl as an older man. Becoming Abigail reminds us that not every human story has a happy end, but in telling those stories we find their power and grace.

She’s a survivor constantly fighting against those who would use her. Abani is also an award-winning poet, and he creates a world for Abigail where the moon abigajl “tired” and sunlight is “lazy,” where traffic does not simply go by but “winks past.

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Difficult and beocming as it was, I’m glad I read it. Dad can barely take care of himself, much less his daughter, but eventually he wants to shove her off on Peter, who “was apparently a successful businessman in London”. Images of Black Churches April 14, To ask other readers questions about Becoming Abigailplease sign up.

Abani is doing wonderful things with language, and his style is to the point, sharp, and startling, and his images are striking.


Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Abigail’s mother died giving birth to her, leaving her, as she grows, with a crippling guilt that drives her to bizarre childhood mourning rituals and, later, with the responsibility of caring for her chronically depressed father. I was very disappointed at its dark tone and theme of hopelessness. Time travel is done well, as the narration Abani’s prose is beautiful in Becoming Abigail.

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But perhaps Becoming Abigail is so engaging because it reads much like an extended prose poem. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Chris Abani explores the depths of loss and exploitation with what can only be described as a knowing tenderness. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. Available as an e-book for: His pain is made worse by the fact that Abigail looks just like her mother, causing her father to see only his dead wife in her.

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