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Becoming Abigail

(2006)
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"Compelling and gorgeously written, this is a coming-of-age novella like no other. Chris Abani explores the depths of loss and exploitation with what can only be described as a knowing tenderness. An extraordinary, necessary book."-Cristina Garcia, author of Dreaming in Cuban

"Abani's voice brings perspective to every moment, turning pain into a beautiful painterly meditation on loss and aloneness."-Aimee Bender, author of The Girl in the Flammable Skirt

"Abani's empathy for Abigail's torn life is matched only by his honesty in portraying it. Nothing at all is held back. A harrowing piece of work."-Peter Orner, author of The Esther Stories

Tough, spirited, and fiercely independent Abigail is brought as a teenager to London from Nigeria by relatives who attempt to force her into prostitution. She flees, struggling to find herself in the shadow of a strong but dead mother. In spare yet haunting and lyrical prose reminiscent of Marguerite Duras, Abani brings to life a young woman who lives with a strength and inner light that will enlighten and uplift the reader.

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Hardback Editions

May 2008 : USA Library Binding

Title: Becoming Abigail
Author(s): Christopher Abani
ISBN: 1-4352-8226-4 / 978-1-4352-8226-1 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

April 2007 : South Africa Paperback
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Title: Becoming Abigail
Author(s): Chris Abani
ISBN: 1-77010-064-4 / 978-1-77010-064-0 (South Africa edition)
Publisher: Picador
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March 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Becoming Abigail
Author(s): Chris Abani
ISBN: 1-888451-94-7 / 978-1-888451-94-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Akashic Books
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Audio Editions

February 2017 : MP3 CD
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Title: Becoming Abigail: A Novella
Author(s): Chris Abani
ISBN: 1-5366-4085-9 / 978-1-5366-4085-4
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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August 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Becoming Abigail: A Novella
Author(s): Chris Abani
Publisher: Audible Studios
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August 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Becoming Abigail: A Novella
Author(s): Chris Abani
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

March 2006 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Becoming Abigail
Author(s): Chris Abani
Publisher: Akashic Books
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