Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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In Adichie’s able prose, social comedy mingles with cultural polemic under the umbrella of an exuberantly romantic love story.
-Financial Times

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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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About Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. It was also short-listed for the Orange Prize and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Her short fiction has appeared in Granta and The Iowa Review among other literary journals, and she received an O. Henry Prize in 2003. She is a 2005-2006 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.
 
Published May 14, 2013 by Anchor. 610 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction
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All: 14 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 3

NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Mike Peed on Jun 07 2013

“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.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on May 19 2013

The first half of “Americanah”...is tough-minded and clear. But Ms. Adichie disappointingly allows her story to slip to the level of a simple romance...

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth Day on Apr 13 2013

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.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Alex Clark on Apr 11 2013

...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...

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Day on Apr 13 2013

Americanah is a deeply felt book, written with equal parts lyricism and erudition. More than that, it is an important book...

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Alex Clark on Apr 11 2013

...one feels slightly lost once her braids are finished and the narrative has moved on. Similarly, some characters are glimpsed too fleetingly to make a lasting impression...

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WSJ online

Below average
Reviewed by Sam Sacks on May 15 2013

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.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer Reese on May 22 2013

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.

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NPR

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Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on May 15 2013

Like Ifemelu's hairdo, Adichie's novel tightly braids together multiple ideas and storylines. It's a marvel of skilled construction and imagination.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Rosecrans Baldwin on May 14 2013

It's that type of evocative power, transporting my imagination while keeping my feet firmly on the ground, that has me looking forward to Adichie's books for years to come.

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Financial Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Sam Leith on Apr 05 2013

In Adichie’s able prose, social comedy mingles with cultural polemic under the umbrella of an exuberantly romantic love story.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Meenakshi Venkat on May 12 2013

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.

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Toronto Star

Good
Reviewed by Emily Donaldson on May 31 2013

She’s perceptive and smart but also prone to intellectual arrogance and hypocrisy, a mix that propels her, and this novel, thrillingly forward.

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The Economist

Excellent
on May 11 2013

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...

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