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Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Published: 1st March 2014
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As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Thirteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a blogger. But after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

Fearless, gripping, spanning three continents and numerous lives, ‘Americanah’ is a richly told story of love and expectation set in today’s globalized world.

About the Author

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker and Granta. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus; Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize; Americanah, which won the NBCC Award and was a New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year; the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck; and the essay We Should All Be Feminists. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

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4.0

Chic lit with bite

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Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Humorous
  • Incisive
  • Sharp
  • Well Written

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    Comments about Americanah:

    Clever construction with multiple points of view allows incisive commentary on the tribulations of being a female Nigerian immigrant in the U.S. of A.

     
    5.0

    Just perfect

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    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Engaging Characters
    • Well Written

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      Comments about Americanah:

      Great book, i think i will be reading her books from now on since i have already read three of her books. great writer she is.

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      `A brilliant novel: epic in scope, personal in resonance and with lots to say' Elizabeth Day, Observer`A delicious, important novel from a writer with a great deal to say' The Times`A brilliant exploration of being African in America ... an urgent and important book, further evidence that its author is a real talent' Sunday Telegraph`An extremely thoughtful, subtly provocative exploration of structural inequality, of different kinds of oppression, of gender roles, of the idea of home. Subtle, but not afraid to pull its punches' Alex Clark, Guardian`A tour de force ... The artistry with which Adichie keeps her story moving, while animating the complex anxieties in which the characters live and work, is hugely impressive' Mail on Sunday`Adichie is terrific on human interactions ... Adichie's writing always has an elegant shimmer to it ... Wise, entertaining and unendingly perceptive' Independent on Sunday`Adichie paints on a grand canvas, boldly and confidently ... This is a very funny, very warm and moving intergenerational epic that confirms Adiche's virtuosity, boundless empathy and searing social acuity' Dave Eggers`"An honest novel about race" ... with guts and lustre ... within the context of a well-crafted, compassionate, visceral and delicately funny tale of lasting high-school love and the sorrows and adventures of immigration' Diana Evans, The Times`[A] long, satisfying novel of cross-continental relationships, exile and the pull of home ... Adichie's first novel for seven years and well worth the wait' FT`Alert, alive and gripping' Independent

      ISBN: 9780007356348
      ISBN-10: 000735634X
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 400
      Published: 1st March 2014
      Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.7  x 3.1
      Weight (kg): 0.35