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Americanah
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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PublisherAnchor
Release Date2014-03-04 (added to CC 13 Oct 2014)
Amazon Sales Rank197

One of The New York Times's Ten Best Books of the Year

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

An NPR "Great Reads" Book, a Chicago Tribune Best Book, a Washington Post Notable Book, a Seattle Times Best Book, an Entertainment Weekly Top Fiction Book, a Newsday Top 10 Book, and a Goodreads Best of the Year pick.

A powerful, tender story of race and identity by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun.

Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland. 


Member Reviews
(7 Jan)
This book was very interesting to me because my father is Nigerian and I wonder If he had similar experiences when he moved to the US. Chimamanda Adichie's writing is phenomenal. What she feels about race in America is very clear and she has a unique perspective that is detailed through the blog post of its main character Ifemelu. The way she plays with time by jumping back and for decades throughout the book was really interesting. It helped bring the stories of even the minor characters to life and I hope to have the same skill some day.
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