One of The New York Times‘s Ten Best Books of the Year
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
An NPR “Great Reads” Book, a Chicago Tribune Best Book, a Washington Post Notable Book, a Seattle Times Best Book, an Entertainment Weekly Top Fiction Book, a Newsday Top 10 Book, and a Goodreads Best of the Year pick.
A powerful, tender story of race and identity by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun.
Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
“Amy Gustine’sYou Should Pity Us Insteadis a devastating, funny, and astonishingly frank collection of stories. Gustine can be brutally honest about the murky calculations, secret dreams and suppressed malice to which most of us never admit, not even to ourselves.”—Karen Russell
“You Should Pity Us Insteadis an unbroken spell from first story to last, despite the enormous range of subjects and landscapes, sufferings and joys it explores.”—Laura Kasischke
“Amy Gustine’s stories cross impossible borders both physical and moral: a mother looking for her kidnapped son sneaks into Gaza, an Ellis Island inspector mourning his lost love plays God at the boundary between old world and new. Brave, essential, thrilling, each story inYou Should Pity Us Insteadtakes us to those places we’ve never dared visit before.”—Ben Stroud
You Should Pity Us Insteadexplores some of our toughest dilemmas: the cost of Middle East strife at its most intimate level, the likelihood of God considered in day-to-day terms, the moral stakes of family obligations, and the inescapable fact of mortality. Amy Gustine exhibits an extraordinary generosity toward her characters, instilling them with a thriving, vivid presence.
Amy Gustine‘s short fiction has appeared in theKenyon Review,North American Review,Black Warrior Review, the Massachusetts Review, and many other places. She lives in Ohio.