One of her ten best books for a good cry, as told to the Christian Science Monitor:
Things Fall Apart by Chinua AchebeRead about the other books on the list.
Achebe’s story conveys themes of individual and cultural struggle. It narrates the experience of Okonkwo, a prosperous Nigerian farmer who is contending with personal insecurities and encroaching colonialism. The simultaneous external and internal forces tearing at the fabric of Okonkwo’s existence produce a tragic fate for this imperfect hero.
Things Fall Apart is one of Helon Habila's three books to help understand Nigeria and Martin Meredith's ten books to read on Africa.
Also see: Top ten literary tear jerkers.