10 books for a good cry

Author Hallie Ephron recommends the best literary tear-jerkers.

6. ‘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. 

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