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NEW BOOK ALERT: “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Half of a Yellow Son, presents us with her new novel, Americanah, a story of what it’s like to be African in America. In it, we meet Ifemelu, a young Nigerian woman who moves to the US after completing college.

She attends grad school and becomes well-known for her blog. Of course, her experiences would not be complete without a little love story to go along with it. Using the love between Ifemelu and her childhood sweetheart, Adichie gives us a very important view of the black experience in America. This new novel will be released May 14th.

From Chimamanda.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.

Happy Reading!!

 

 

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