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The thing around your neck is a short story collection by nigerian author chimamanda ngozi adichie it was first published in april 2009 by fourth estate in the uk and by knopf in the us it received many positive reviews including she makes storytelling seem as easy as birdsong daily telegraph stunninglike all fine storytellers she leaves us wanting more . Searing and profound suffused with beauty sorrow and longing the stories in the thing around your neck map with adichies signature emotional wisdom the collision of two cultures and the deeply human struggle to reconcile them chimamanda ngozi adichie burst onto the literary scene with her . The thing around your neck focuses mainly on middle class nigerians struggling with issues of love class war homeland and loneliness and it offers a window on a country and a people that americans would do well to understand better many of the stories involve nigerian women caught between old country customs and new world ways . Welcome to the litcharts study guide on chimamanda ngozi adichies the thing around your neck created by the original team behind sparknotes litcharts are the worlds best literature guides a quick reference summary the thing around your neck on a single page the thing around your neck . In the thing around your neck published in 2009 adichie turns her penetrating eye on not only nigeria but also america in twelve dazzling stories that explore the ties that bind men and women parents and children africa and the united states