Paperback | March 4, 2014

byAdichie, Chimamanda Ngozi

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A searing new novel, at once sweeping and intimate, by the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun: a story of love and race centred around a man and woman from Nigeria who seemed destined to be together--until the choices they are forced to make tear them apart.
     Ifemelu--beautiful, self-assured--left Nigeria 15 years ago, and now studies in Princeton as a Graduate Fellow. Obinze--handsome and kind-hearted--was Ifemelu's teenage love; he'd hoped to join her in America, but post 9/11 America wouldn't let him in.
     Years later, when they reunite in Nigeria, neither is the same person who left home. Obinze is the kind of successful "Big Man" he'd scorned in his youth, and Ifemelu has become an "Americanah"--a different version of her former self, one with a new accent and attitude. As they revisit their shared passion--for their homeland and for each other--they must face the largest challenges of their lives.

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A searing new novel, at once sweeping and intimate, by the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun: a story of love and race centred around a man and woman from Nigeria who seemed destined to be together--until the choices they are forced to make tear them apart.      Ifemelu--beautiful, self-assured--left Nigeria 15 years ago, an...

CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE's work has appeared in various publications, including the New Yorker, Granta and Zoetrope. She is the author of The Thing Around Your Neck and of 2 novels, Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize and was a NBCC Finalist. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she divides her time b...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 1 inPublished:March 4, 2014Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! This book came highly recommended by friends and family....they were definitely right! Beautifully written, critical and witty!!
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Ngozi made the book so interesting that as a black girl in a foreign land i felt most part of my story being told. Very good and interesting read
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Beautifully written, touching on important topics like modern attitudes to race, spanning three continents and touching on issues of identity, loss and loneliness.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best #plumreview This is officially one of my favourite books. It's written flawlessly. The characters made me happy, angry, sad and a whole range of emotions throughout the book. Re-reading this for sure! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I really enjoyed this book. The characters and story was really engaging and thought provoking.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I enjoyed this book I bought this book a few months ago. When I first started reading it, I could not keep up with the book. The story was a bit everywhere. As a Nigerian, I know that was how we tell stories but I didn't think that was how we write stories too so I dumped the book but my boyfriend urged me to finish it. I finally picked it up again a month later and my goodness It was something. I could not put it down. It went everywhere but the shower with me(and that was only because it would not survive the water). I would recommend this any of my friend from high school as a lot of us are studying abroad and it looks like someone just told our story. I feel like the ending was a bit rushed as there was barely any detail to it. So much details were put in the beginning of the book that at the end it seemed like she tried to cram the rest of the story into some pages due to a paper count limit.
Date published: 2015-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sooo Good The first book I read from this author and it was sooo good. There are parts about the main characters I can completely understand. The author perfectly captures the love between two people who desire each other and long to be together, but have to overcome obstacles from everything from family to societal expectations. There's ultimately so much more in this book, very well written.
Date published: 2015-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Very interesting and a must read! Its a book you will not want to put down. It talks about true love.
Date published: 2014-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightful Enjoyed it very much,definitely one of the best I have read.
Date published: 2014-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from To be on the outside looking in, to be on the inside looking back There was something about "Americanah" that wouldn't let me give up on it. It has taken me more than a year to finish it, after picking it up and putting it down repeatedly, but I can gladly say I have now read every single page of it... to mixed feelings. There was nothing that grabbed on to my full attention but there were plenty of nuggets that left me wanting more. Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie is without a doubt a talented writer, and a powerful speaker from her stimulating TED talks. It's a fact that she has a glib tongue and a masterful handle on words. More importantly, she has the mind of a thinker and a dreamer, an optimist but also a realist. Her provocative commentary about race, culture, identity, gender, patriotism, politics, and the list goes on, fills the pages of "Americanah". Such critical thoughts were a great eye-opener, insights that widen a reader's mind and perspective on these delicate matters. I found myself constantly nodding in concurrence with what Adichie had to say. However, the directionless plot and the lost characters cloud what could have been a defining work. It can speak to an immigrant's experience and to a person's journey in life, but it felt very stifled in "Americanah", as though Adichie imposed upon a fictional narrative on a non-fictional conversation. In the novel, one of the characters muses, "So if you're going to write about race, you have to make sure it's so lyrical and subtle that the reader who doesn't read between the lines won't even know it's about race." This, Adichie definitely does not do. Brusque but inviting, blunt but fair, was how Adichie wrote about race, which was truly refreshing to read. The imbalance of the expressive real-world ideologies and the inconsequential fictional romance in "Americanah" was what was jarring and dissatisfying for me. It is weird to feel strongly in favour for a novel that has said so much but has left little in me to enthuse about.
Date published: 2014-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very likable, but not lovable This is the love story of Ifemelu and Obinze, told over two continents and two decades. Americanah is immensely readable and it drew me in, particularly with its ability to create a vivid atmosphere. Adichie writes wonderfully about smell, taste, colour, and texture. However, one of my friends pointed out that the book isn’t emotional. I completely agree – you stay at arm’s length from the characters, perhaps because the story is told in third-person and actions rather than feelings are explored.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enlightening There were moments of excitements and moments that you felt you could have skipped over but perhaps each moment was necessary to fully encompass the culture and characters of this book. It brought forth an attention to cultural differences and what that can mean for each person. The topic of race is really well covered in this story with a sense of honesty and clarity. Great book for a book club as it can bring up much discussion.
Date published: 2014-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A truly engaging book Never have I ever read a book twice. This is my second time through and it was just as great as the first. Adichie's characters are so real, so relatable. The ease with which she expresses sometimes complex social interactions is unusual. Every person who has ever moved from one place to the next can find at least one scenario to relate to in this book. It is a story of love and life but not the easy predictable kind of love. It's the true gritty love that gets down to business and truly stands the test of time. It is also more than this in it's commentary on race and social complexities in the western world. This is one I will keep coming back to
Date published: 2014-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Great book
Date published: 2014-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The outsider She is great at allowing us to see North America as an outsider would. It has many funny moments too.
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seeing race for the first time I gained a deeper understanding of immigration and of race issues. Well-written, thought-provoking prose. A very good read.
Date published: 2013-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adiche - one of the best writers from any country Ms Adichie is an amazing writer. I have read the very few books she has written and I have just finished her latest book. She has the ability to bring the reader into her narrative and go along with her as she tells her tale. I hope she writes another book very soon.
Date published: 2013-06-03

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INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER NATIONAL BESTSELLERWINNER 2013 – National Book Critics Circle Award for FictionFINALIST 2014 – Baileys Women’s Prize for FictionFINALIST 2014 – Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction “Americanah is most memorable for its fine-tuned, scathing observations about worldly Nigerians and the ways they create new identities out of pretension and aspiration…. Adichie displays much keen critical intelligence about how we can unwittingly betray our truest selves.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times Book Review  “Masterful.... An expansive, epic love story set in three countries, Adichie’s fourth book 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  “Superb…. A lush, big-hearted love story that also happens to be a piercingly funny social critique.” —Vogue  “‘You can’t write an honest novel about race in this country,’ comments a character towards the end of Americanah. It’s a slyly self-referential joke since, with her ambitious third novel, prize-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie sets out to prove otherwise, placing race squarely, unapologetically and entertainingly centre-stage…Written with flair and warmth, this impressively poised novel makes the most of Adichie’s sense of wry detachment as an outsider without losing an affectionate humour for both her native Nigeria and adopted country.” —Daily Mail  “An incredibly readable and rich tapestry of Nigerian and American life, and the ways a handful of vivid characters—so vivid they feel like family—try to live in both worlds simultaneously. As she did so masterfully with Half of a Yellow Sun, Adichie paints on a grand canvas, boldly and confidently, equally adept at conveying the complicated political backdrop of Lagos as she is in bringing us into the day-to-day lives of her many new Americans—a single mom, a student, a hairdresser. This is 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“Adichie’s great gift is that she has always brought us into the territory of the previously unexplored. She writes about that which others have kept silent. Americanah is no exception. This is not just a story that unfolds across three different continents, it is also a keenly observed examination of race, identity and belonging in the global landscapes of Africans and Americans. If Joyce had silence, exile and cunning for his defense, Adichie has flair, loss and longing. And Adichie is brave enough to allow the story to unfold with a distinct straightforward simplicity that never loses its edgy intellect.” —Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin “Adichie burst onto the literary scene in 2006 with Half of a Yellow Sun, her searing depiction of the civil war in Nigeria. Her equally compelling and important new novel follows the lives of that country’s postwar generation as they suffer endemic corruption and poverty under a military dictatorship. An unflinching but compassionate observer, Adichie writes a vibrant tale about love, betrayal, and destiny…. [A] touching love story and an illuminating portrait of a country still in political turmoil.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)