By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
From the award-winning writer of Half of a Yellow Sun, a blinding new novel: a narrative of affection and race based round a tender guy and lady from Nigeria who face tricky offerings and demanding situations within the nations they arrive to name home.
As young ones in a Lagos secondary college, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is below army dictatorship, and folks are leaving the rustic in the event that they can. Ifemelu—beautiful, self-assured—departs for the US to review. She suffers defeats and triumphs, unearths and loses relationships and friendships, the entire whereas feeling the burden of anything she by no means considered again domestic: race. Obinze—the quiet, considerate son of a professor—had was hoping to hitch her, yet post-9/11 the US won't permit him in, and he plunges right into a risky, undocumented existence in London.
Years later, Obinze is a prosperous guy in a newly democratic Nigeria, whereas Ifemelu has completed good fortune as a author of an eye-opening weblog approximately race in the United States. but if Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she or he and Obinze reignite their shared passion—for their fatherland and for every other—they will face the hardest judgements in their lives.
Fearless, gripping, immediately darkly humorous and soft, spanning 3 continents and diverse lives, Americanah is a richly advised tale set in today’s globalized global: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s strongest and spectacular novel yet.
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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie