Short story #24. The Arrangers of Marriage (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)

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Story: The Arrangers of Marriage, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie [from The Granta Book of the African Short Story]

Comments: I first read this story in Adichie’s short story collection The Thing Around Your Neck, a few years ago.  It is about a young Nigerian woman just come to New York where her new husband, also Nigerian, is a medical intern.  The marriage has been arranged between their two families.  It deals with her reactions to many surprising things – the first one being that the “house” her husband had spoken of turns out to be “a furniture-challenged flat”.  There quickly follows her discovery of the extent to which her “new husband” (this is how she refers to him throughout the story) wants to become Americanized and to cast off many aspects of their Nigerian culture.  There is…

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