Short story #24. The Arrangers of Marriage (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)

Deal Me In Reading Challenge: I drew the queen of spades.

Story: The Arrangers of Marriage, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie [from The Granta Book of the African Short Story]

Comments: I first read this story in Adichie’s short story collection The Thing Around Your Neck, a few years ago.  It is about a young Nigerian woman just come to New York where her new husband, also Nigerian, is a medical intern.  The marriage has been arranged between their two families.  It deals with her reactions to many surprising things – the first one being that the “house” her husband had spoken of turns out to be “a furniture-challenged flat”.  There quickly follows her discovery of the extent to which her “new husband” (this is how she refers to him throughout the story) wants to become Americanized and to cast off many aspects of their Nigerian culture.  There is one particularly unpleasant surprise in store for Chinaza…  At the end we are left with a picture of this young woman, full of potential, with choices to make…  hopefully, she made good ones, but there is the possibility that she didn’t.

Re-reading this story spurs me to add Adichie’s Americanah (review here) to my TBR list.  This is a novel which deals with the experience of African immigrants in the USA.  I did try her Half of a Yellow Sun one time, and didn’t finish it, but that deals with the Biafran war, and this more recent novel sounds quite different.


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