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A personal and powerful essay on loss from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the best-selling author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun

Grief is a cruel kind of education. You learn how ungentle mourning can be, how full of anger. You learn how glib condolences can feel. You learn how much grief is about language, the failure of language and the grasping for language.

On 10th June 2020, the scholar James Nwoye Adichie died suddenly in Nigeria.

In this tender and powerful essay, expanded from the original New Yorker text, his daughter, a self-confessed daddy's girl, remembers her beloved father. Notes on Grief is at once a tribute to a long life of grace and wisdom, the story of a daughter's fierce love for a parent and a revealing examination of the layers of loss and the nature of grief.

©2021 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • J Aravind
  • 06-22-21

It just sounded like me talking to me

As I pre-ordered this book, I was questioning myself - what is this sadistic pleasure that I was seeking by listening to a daughter mourning the passing of her father? I still ordered it and listened on the day it is released. The grief that I had great struggle sharing with family and friends was being narrated, sometime word by word in almost all chapters. How can it be so similar?

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  • 06-22-21

Thank you.

Your notes reminds me a lot of things about my father and I am grateful.

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  • Fatima Ademola-Asuni
  • 07-13-21

Notes …

Chimamanda captures every feeling I had towards the passing of my father whom I too adored.

Her writing brings color to the passing of a loved one even though all we see is grey. I hope others listen to this and feel a small unraveling of the hurt buried in their chest that aches in a way that sometimes makes one catch one’s breath.

Love was here and love lived with us a while.

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  • Mrs. P. J. P. Leishman
  • 07-12-21

Grief

It was very much what I felt when my husband died. Absolutely recommended it for anyone going through loss.

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  • David Adams
  • 07-02-21

Poignant

A relevant and fascinating listen. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie takes us through her experience of the death of a loved one. I'd like to thank her for sharing such a personal experience with us.

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  • Nicolette
  • 07-11-21

For those who have lost a parent

I lost my Father in 1999, I lost my Mother 18 months later... these Notes on Grief speak directly to me, they put into words what I have felt for more than 20 years. Thank you Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie