Books

Americanah

A novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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.

A searing 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. (From Vintage Canada)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian-American author whose works range from novels to short stories to nonfiction.

Interviews with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaks to guest host Kevin Sylvester about her latest book "Americanah," a story about love, race, and the politics of hair. 37:17
The influential Nigerian author talked to Eleanor in 2009 about her short story collection, The Thing Around Your Neck, and her award-winning novel, Half of a Yellow Sun. 52:37

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