One of The New York Times's Ten Best Books of the Year
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
An 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.
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“Americanah” is witheringly trenchant and hugely empathetic, both worldly and geographically precise, a novel that holds the discomfiting realities of our times fearlessly before us. It never feels false.Read Full Review of Americanah | See more reviews from NY Times
Americanah is a deeply felt book, written with equal parts lyricism and erudition. More than that, it is an important book – and yet one that never lets its importance weigh down the need to tell a truly gripping human story.Read Full Review of Americanah | See more reviews from Guardian
...this is an impressive novel – although very different from Adichie's Orange prize-winning Half of a Yellow Sun, it shares some of its freewheeling, zesty expansiveness. But that should not disguise its delicacy; it is also an extremely thoughtful, subtly provocative exploration...Read Full Review of Americanah | See more reviews from Guardian
It's typical of this exasperating novel that it expects such a narrow, self-serving romance to kindle interest. "Americanah" uncritically esteems these two characters and thinks harshly of everyone else. The reader will have the opposite reaction.Read Full Review of Americanah | See more reviews from WSJ online
Adichie weaves whole entries into the narrative, and these tart editorials add yet another dimension to Americanah, which is as capacious, absorbing and original a novel as you will read this year.Read Full Review of Americanah | See more reviews from NPR
Americanah can be seen as Ms. Adichie’s attempt to rewrite this single story about Africa and race and show how multilayered, nuanced, and charged a subject is the story of migration to the West. An intense, noble, and admirable achievement.Read Full Review of Americanah | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books
On the surface “Americanah” is a novel about first love lost and found, and is joyful to read. But this is also an important book, and its strength and originality lie with the meticulous observation about race...Read Full Review of Americanah | See more reviews from The Economist
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