Author(s): Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
One of "The""New York Times"'s Ten Best Books of the Year and an NBCC Award FinalistAn 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.
"Dazzling. . . . Funny and defiant, and simultaneously so wise. . . . Brilliant." --"San Francisco Chronicle""A very funny, very warm and moving intergenerational epic that confirms Adichie's virtuosity, boundless empathy and searing social acuity." --Dave Eggers, author of "A Hologram for the King""Masterful. . . . An expansive, epic love story. . . . Pulls no punches with regard to race, class and the high-risk, heart-tearing struggle for belonging in a fractured world." --"O, The Oprah Magazine" "[A] knockout of a novel about immigration, American dreams, the power of first love, and the shifting meanings of skin color. . . . A marvel." --"NPR" "A cerebral and utterly transfixing epic. . . . "Americanah" is superlative at making clear just how isolating it can be to live far away from home. . . . Unforgettable." --"The Boston Globe" "Witheringly trenchant and hugely empathetic . . . a novel that holds the discomfiting realities of our times fearlessly before us. . . . A steady-handed dissection of the universal human experience. " --"The New York Times Book Review" "Adichie is uniquely positioned to compare racial hierarchies in the United States to social striving in her native Nigeria. She does so in this new work with a ruthless honesty about the ugly and beautiful sides of both nations." --"The Washington Post" "Gorgeous. . . . A bright, bold book with unforgettable swagger that proves it sometimes takes a newcomer to show Americans to ourselves." --"The Dallas Morning News" "Part love story, part social critique, and one of the best [novels] you'll read this year. . . . Characters are richly drawn. . . . Adichie digs in deeply, finding a way to make them fresh." --"Los Angeles Times" "Brave . . . "Americanah" tackles the U.S. race complex with a directness and brio no U.S. writer of any color would risk. . . . [The novel] brings a cleansing frankness to a
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria. Her work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, including "The New Yorker," "Granta," "The O. Henry Prize Stories," the "Financial Times," and "Zoetrope: All-Story." She is the author of the novels "Purple Hibiscus," which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and "Half of a Yellow Sun," which won the Orange Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, a "New York Times" Notable Book, and a "People" and "Black Issues" Book Review Best Book of the Year; and, most recently, the story collection "The Thing Around Your Neck." A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.