Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Notes On Grief

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A devastating essay on loss and the people we love from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the bestselling author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun.

'Grief is a cruel kind of education. You learn how ungentle mourning can be, how full of anger. You learn how glib condolences can feel. You learn how much grief is about language, the failure of language and the grasping for language'

On 10 June 2020, the scholar James Nwoye Adichie died suddenly in Nigeria. In this tender and powerful essay, expanded from the original New Yorker text, his daughter, a self-confessed daddy's girl, remembers her beloved father. Notes on Grief is at once a tribute to a long life of grace and wisdom, the story of a daughter's fierce love for a parent, and a revealing examination of the layers of loss and the nature of grief.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Purple Hibiscus; Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction; Americanah, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year; the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck; and the essays We Should All Be Feminists and Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

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'Notes on Grief is a moving account of a daughter's sorrow and it is also a love letter to the one who has gone. Adichie wants him back; she wants to rescue him from death and to tell him once again how much she adored him. She is saying don't go and she is saying goodbye and she is also saying sorry - for the writing of grief is to acknowledge an ending and, thus, as Jacques Derrida had it, as soon as you write, you are asking for forgiveness'
- Observer

'That grief of mine, no longer singular, was subsumed in the collective wail. That is, until Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's visceral exploration of her own father's unexpected death that month. In 30 short sections, Notes on Grief lays a path by which we might mourn our individual traumas among the aggregate suffering of this harrowing time.'
- New York Times

'Feels raw, even for a book about grief. Some wait years to preserve these thoughts; Adichie is examining them now, constantly stepping into her grief and then, with the same feet, twisting away again to look at herself and examine what is happening to her... It is no salve for her own grief, but Adichie's brave observance of her own pain, will be a gift to those also suffering their first year of loss in these strange times'
- iNews

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