Half of a Yellow Sun
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Release Date2008-11-12 (added to CC 2 Jul 2013)
Amazon Sales Rank5,927
With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s. We experience this tumultuous decade alongside five unforgettable characters: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old houseboy who works for Odenigbo, a university professor full of revolutionary zeal; Olanna, the professorís beautiful young mistress who has abandoned her life in Lagos for a dusty town and her loverís charm; and Richard, a shy young Englishman infatuated with Olannaís willful twin sister Kainene. Half of a Yellow Sun is a tremendously evocative novel of the promise, hope, and disappointment of the Biafran war.

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