Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

8 Dec

I have not touched an African book in more that 6 years so I  could not believe myself when I downloaded this one. The description said that she was like the female Chinua Achebe or something and I snorted, thinking that the person who wrote that had no idea what they were talking about. Yet, that is how I would describe this writer. The modern, female African writer that totally impressed me and made me yearn for more authentic writing. I absolutely hate it when people describe African writing as rich and authentic so it is really sad that those are the same adjectives I so badly want to use. *sigh*

It touched something in me. Something that wants to grow an afro (just kidding)…I especially loved those random blog posts in the book that made me think. Really think. As impressed as I was by the book, I knew the ending would be tricky and I was determined not to be sucked in until she proved that she could end it well-without making it too easy for the characters. Hmm, still thinking about the ending but I have downloaded another of her books so I guess am sucked in.


Book Description

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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