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   Becoming Abigail
A Novella
by Chris Abani
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Category: African Literature
Code: 3215 |  ISBN: 1888451947 |  119 pp. |  Publication Date: 2006
Publisher: Akashic Books (Independent Publisher)
Format: Trade Paperback
About this book
A breathtaking new novella from the award-winning author of GraceLand. 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. 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.

Chris Abani is a poet and novelist and the author most recently of GraceLand, which won the 2005 Hemingway/PEN Prize, a Silver Medal in the California Book Awards, and was a finalist for several other prizes including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His other prizes include a PEN Freedom-to-Write Award, a Prince Claus Award, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. He lives and teaches in California.


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