The Thing Around your Neck is a collection of short stories that explore the travails of Africans in diaspora. While most of the stories interrogate the raison d'etre many Africans rush to travel and identify with the outside world, particularly America, the stories also focus on the disappoints many of these people encounter when they collide headlong with obstacles like racism and economic frustrations.
Both the choice of thematic preoccupation and style of execution attest to Adichie's maturation in handling fictional writings from earlier experiments with Purple Hibiscus. This work is also a pointer that the author is beginning the politics and burden of writing and being a writer, especially at the international level.
With this collection, we believe that Adichie is no longer writing-to-be-heard, but writing-to-make-a-point and a case for the black people.
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