Americanah / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Publication year: 2014
Publisher: London : Fourth Estate,
ISBN: 9780007356348 (pbk.) :
Originally published: 2013.
From the award-winning author of 'Half of a Yellow Sun', a powerful story of love, race and identity. As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race.
477 pages ; 20 cm
Several members of the group were initially put off by the length of the book and the small print, but all found they were drawn in as they continued to read. It is an age-old story of two lovers who have very different but comparative experiences of living and surviving in another country. It gives a new perspective on racism, particularly in the US. We all enjoyed it, and would rate it 7/8.
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