Monday, January 16, 2012

Ten best books for a good cry

Hallie Ephron is an award-winning mystery reviewer for the Boston Globe. Her books include Come and Find Me, Never Tell a Lie, which was a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award and was made into the film And Baby Will Fall for the Lifetime Movie Network, and Writing and Selling Your Mystery, which was nominated for both an Edgar and an Anthony Award.

One of her ten best books for a good cry, as told to the Christian Science Monitor:
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

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.
Read about the other books on the list.

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.

--Marshal Zeringue