Americanah

Book cover

Disclaimer: I promise that the next time I laud an author, they will have no ties with Nigeria. But, for now, I ask that you bear with me. This is one of those novels that you need  to read.

If you have any interest at all, in literary fiction, you have heard of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s unapologetic novel about race, love, and everything in between. If you haven’t, I am telling you that this is one of the most interesting books that you will read in your lifetime. It has the same quick and funny dialogue that you’d find in a chick lit book by Sophie Kinsella or such, and yet, also has the deep sensibilities and complexity that one expects from the best of literature. Honestly, the thing I like most about this novel is that it uses phrases like “youngish and wealthyish” and “acrobatic sex.” Chimamanda is that rare breed of author that writes for everybody, and I hope you make the effort to find this novel and read it. You’re in for a treat.

Summary from Amazon.com:

From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a dazzling new novel: a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home.

As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu—beautiful, self-assured—departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze—the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor—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.

Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion—for their homeland and for each other—they will face the toughest decisions of their lives.
Fearless, gripping, at once darkly funny and tender, spanning three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a richly told story set in today’s globalized world: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s most powerful and astonishing novel yet.

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