Notes on Grief

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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. In the compact format of We Should All Be Feminists and Dear Ijeawele, Adichie delivers a gem of a book--a book that fundamentally connects us to one another as it probes one of the most universal human experiences. Notes on Grief is a book for this moment—a work readers will treasure and share now more than ever--and yet will prove durable and timeless, an indispensable addition to Adichie's canon.

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  • Elyse  Walters

    Adichie’s father taught her valuable life lessons— was respectful of her boundaries — left her many years of great memories—…He was a defender of spouse…was the first to champion his wife...

  • Nelly

    I didn't plan on reading this today but what started with me planning to read a few pages just to get a feel of it, ended up with me reading it to the end and how timely because tomorrow would have be...

  • Rebecca

    This slim hardback is an expanded version of an essay Adichie published in the New Yorker in the wake of her father’s death in June 2020. With her large family split across three continents and coro...

  • Kerri

    It feels strange to 'review' something so intensely personal, so I'll keep it brief. In Notes on Grief Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie both captures her intense grief about her father's death, and also write...

  • Julie

    I truly enjoyed getting to know Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's father through her poignant memoir. It was made all the more personal by listening to the author read her own words with feeling. Favorite qu...

  • Sami Kay

    I’m sitting here in my hammock with tears streaming down my cheeks and I wasn’t even expecting this book to happen to me today, but it did at this perfect time.My sister died right before COVID ha...

  • Jon Nakapalau

    One of the best books I have read this year - ranks up there with The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis and Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala - highest recommendation. ...

  • ana ?

    it's a cruel world....

  • bookish.bulletin

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie lost her dad on June 10th, 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic. She and her siblings were scattered around the globe at the time. Her father was 88 years old when he died but...

  • Sudeepta Pradhan (booksteaandmore)

    I lost my father a month back after a brief illness and this book, each and every word was like catharsis. The way Adichie describe her dad, the dry sense of humour, kind, non materialistic, her best ...