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Chimamanda Adichie on UNBURNABLE: 2007-09-18
  • Award-winning literary phenomenon Chimamanda Adichie has singled out Caribbean writer Marie-Elena John's debut novel Unburnable as "wondrously intelligent" and recounts that she laughed out loud often during her read.

    In London's The Guardian review section, a number of famed authors were asked to name book they'd enjoyed on their travels. Adichie identified Unburnable, which is shortlisted for the 2007 Hurston-Wright Legacy Award in the Debut Fiction category. Interestingly, that award was won by Adichie in 2004 for Purple Hibiscus. Adichie is also a nominee for the 2007 Hurston-Wright Legacy Award in the Fiction category for Half of a Yellow Sun.

    John and Adichie share another connection: John lived in the early 1980s as an exchange student on the same campus (University of Nigeria, Nsukka) where Adichie grew up. At the time, Adichie would have been about five years old, while John celebrated her twenty-first birthday in Nsukka.

    John spent subsequently spent over a decade as an Africa development specialist before turning to writing, working with organizations including The African Development Foundation and Global Rights (formerly The International Human Rights Law Group), both based in Washington, D.C.

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