ISBN: 0593320808
EAN13: 9780593320808
Language: English
Release Date: May 11, 2021
Pages: 80
Dimensions: 0.47" H x 7.14" L x 5.07" W
Weight: 0.38 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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From the globally acclaimed, best-selling novelist and author of We Should All Be Feminists, a timely and deeply personal account of the loss of her father.

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Notes on Grief is an exquisite work of meditation, remembrance, and hope, written in the wake of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's beloved father's death in the summer of 2020. As the COVID-19 pandemic raged around the world, and kept Adichie and her family members separated from one another, her father succumbed unexpectedly to complications of kidney failure.

Expanding on her original New Yorker piece, Adichie shares how this loss shook her to her core. She writes about being one of the millions of people grieving this year; about the familial and cultural dimensions of grief and also about the loneliness and anger that are unavoidable in it. With signature precision of language, and glittering, devastating detail on the page--and never without touches of rich, honest humor--Adichie weaves together her own experience of her father's death with threads of his life story, from his remarkable survival during the Biafran war, through a long career as a statistics professor, into the days of the pandemic in which he'd stay connected with his children and grandchildren over video chat from the family home in Abba, Nigeria.

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5
   Achingly beautiful
The great masters of the macabre, the Warlocks, created the greatest works of art. This unspeakably talented artist _adored by her father, and he died, during the particularly cruel time if uncertainty and separation we witnessed all brought on by COVID restrictions. She captures the unbearable pain, the exquisite love and moments of closeness with her siblings, the pangs and golden poignancy of memories, in ways that are both unique and applicable to all of us who ever lost someone. I will save this to read again when that happens again, knowing that it will, knowing that I am not alone.
 
3
   Descriptive, true to the title
This book is really more of a journal, a chronicle and description of the early stages of grief, particularly in a death that is somewhat unexpected, but it doesn't necessarily get to the insights stage, she just wasn't there yet. It might be helpful for someone who needs empathy in the fresh part of grief, someone to share in that tumultuous shock phase, Tunick said. My heart broke for her and it was beautiful in a few parts, but it was a bit chaotic and immature, Raymond said. Our culture is so lacking in grief, resources, or a healthy mindset around death that I think all honest expressions of grief are refreshing and needed work, but I think I was looking for something else, she said.
 
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It is difficult to rate because it is the author's feelings and expression of grief. Beautifully written, Grief can still surprise and hollow one out, Raymond writes. It also talks about great-grandmother bond that they shared.
 
5
   Beautiful, intimate, profound.
In her book, the actress said she "gloved" the details and "personalities" in her life of something we all share in our own stories. It was an honour to have been introduced to her father, Tunick said.
 
5
   how grief transforms us
Chimamanda Adichie simply writes, yet in doing so touches the deepest points inside us altered by grief, allowing for expansion of the self through what we have lost.
 
5
   Affirmed my emotions
It truly touched my heart and I don't know what to do to alleviate what I'm feeling, but reading this helped me to know that it's okay, she said. I've always said that I'm most proud of my father. I adore my father, and I can't believe I'm talking about him in the past tense.
 
5
   An Excellent Read
Like all the Beatles, I like your raw real emotion. The book is a great read, and I'm delighted that Mr. Shelby agreed to do an interview. Thanks for the support.
 
5
   Beautiful
She spoke everything that I had in mind. In "Open Secrets," Blair said, "I saw myself and my current situation in this book. I'm grateful to the author.
 
5
   Beautiful and Sad
Beautifully written and sad. A reminder of the beauty and fragility of life. Grateful to have a glimpse into the author's dad's kind personality.
 
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