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As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu, beautiful, self-assured, departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze, the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor, had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion, for their homeland and for each other, they will face the toughest decisions of their lives.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307271082
Characteristics: 477 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Americanah : a novel


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IndyPL_MahasinM Jan 16, 2019

While the book focuses on the relationship between Ifemelu and Obinze what I loved about it was the fact that it was unapologetically black. Ifemelu has relationships like I’ve had, goes to the hair salon and has similar experiences to what I have, and writes a blog that I’d read in a heartbeat. I’ve recommended this book to so many women (especially black women) because in addition to being well written it really has a level of heart, soul and passion that I related to.

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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Nov 01, 2018

Every bit as wonderful and thought-provoking as I’d been told. A beautiful story about identity, the nature of “home,” and love.

Jul 18, 2018

A fantastic book about culture shock, racism, family, love, and just being human. Nigerian Ifemelu comes to America to study and "becomes" Black. Never having been described by her race before, it's an adjustment in racist America. She struggles with making it and then begins a blog about being a non-American Black in America. I'm not sure what I expected when I started this book but I loved it from page 1. So well-written and just effortless to read. I read the ebook so was not really aware of the length as some have mentioned but it could have gone on for many more pages and I would not complain. One of my best reads this year.

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KarenTherese Jul 17, 2017

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has written a, lush and evocative novel about the choices and challenges while moving across the globe and back amidst changing circumstances. Teenagers Obinze and Ifemelu fall in love in Lagos while attending secondary school. Nigeria is under dictatorship and many are leaving to establish better lives abroad. Ifemelu, energetic and goal directed leaves to study in America. Obithize studious and retiring, hopes to join her but plans are derailed 9/11 results in him not being allowed to enter the country. He goes to London and begins a perilous journey as an undocumented person. Though both undergo extreme hardships, they press on and years later and face tough decisions about the paths chosen. I cannot say enough good things about this richly readable novel filled with humor, pathos, wisdom from the mouths of believable multidimensional characters. It is a look at American culture through the eyes of immigrants, how characters have dreams shattered and how dreams emerge reshaped eventually by experiences that hone truth from the veils of fantasy. Becoming "Americanah" or being a Nigerian who returns to Nigeria from America with a tinge of another world, is an experience readers will share with characters who they will cheer on!

Jun 12, 2017

Definitely an ambitious novel but I enjoyed the read after being recommended by a conversation I had with a coworker and by the Chapel Hill Book Club. I definitely was disappointed with abrupt short ending that felt quite cut off and I agree with comments below that I would have liked Adichie to have delved into her characters more. Enjoyed the descriptiveness and insight. Enjoyed the dialogue and way the book was set up. I wasn't ready for it to end, but I'm not sure where it would have kept on going either.

Apr 29, 2017

A few friends had recommended this book but I didn't really know what to expect when it became available at the library. Come to find out, it was much deeper than I was originally expecting - a novel with love, race, identity, culture and more all wrapped into one. The only thing that I struggled with was the length of the book (and that might just be because this past month life got busy and I had less time for reading, so 600 pages was a little intense of an undertaking for me), but the content was well worth the time!

Mar 07, 2017

I was thrilled to find this on the shelves of my local library, not so ecstatic about the voluptuous size however, but, I flew through this book. It has been awhile since I took on such a mammoth task and during the school semester!

Overall, I really enjoyed immersing myself in the lives of both Imfemlu and Obinze. It's hard to say what else made this book such a good read, it just was! For me personally, I was able to have a better understanding of Imfemlu's culture and the experiences of immigrants when they arrive in other countries.

Some criticism though to justify the four stars... I really didn't like the ending, it was so anticlimactic and took ages to get to and once I got to it, it was so short lived! When I read in to the author I discovered that the book seemed to be a parallel her life in so many ways. Perhaps the ending was so underwhelming because she felt too connected to Imfemlu and wasn't sure how she wanted the story to end.

I also found the inclusion of the blog posts annoying but I understand why they were included. They were just so different from the authors style of writing that I didn't like it when I had to read one...

Another observation (which was pointed out to me in other reviews) was that it seemed to be a bit of America bashing. Understandably there should have been, but it was sprinkled amongst most of the experiences Imfemlu had and made her character bitter, even when things started to go right for her.

I have certainly added more of Adichie's titles to my TBR because of this book

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Oct 03, 2016

"...he lived in London indeed but invisibly, his existence like an erased pencil sketch..."

Oct 03, 2016

"She liked that he wore their relationship so boldly, like a brightly colored shirt."

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“That her relationship with him was like being content in a house but always sitting by the window and looking out”

Jul 26, 2015

“Racism should never have happened and so you don't get a cookie for reducing it.”


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