Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks to William Skidelsky in the Observer about her new book of short stories on life in America.
Her editor’s advice was sound, because the stories in The Thing Around Your Neck are superb. With minimal fuss or apparent effort they present snapshots of Nigerian life. Some take place in her homeland but most are set in America – a departure for Adichie, since both her earlier books are set wholly in Nigeria. But, as she points out, she has spent much of the past decade in the US, so it’s not surprising that the country should have found its way into her fiction.