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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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Jul 17, 2019

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Jun 12, 2019

I enjoyed reading a book that showed a perspective of Black Americans through the eyes of a continental African. While the story itself is relatively interesting, I did not want to root for the narrator which made it less enjoyable to read. I would still recommend to friends that enjoy modern fiction, especially having to do with the Black community.

Apr 06, 2019

Engrossing novel about a Nigerian woman who confronts race for the first time when she comes to the United States as a student. Her insights into American racial issues offer an often provocative and always thoughtful look from the outside in.

DBRL_ReginaF Feb 04, 2019

This is one of those books that has been languishing on my TBR list since probably before it actually even came out. I can't tell you why it took me so long to get to it but I'm so glad it finally made it to the top!

Jan 28, 2019

Americanah struck so many chords within me. Before this novel, I've never read fiction about Black immigrants in the U.S. that boldly tackles the racist social structures in the U.S. that Black immigrants must learn to adapt to. Although I didn't always agree with the things that the main character, Ifemelu did, I absolutely loved her character and appreciated her views on the differences between life in Nigeria and the U.S. After reading Americanah, I have to get my hands on another Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie novel.

Jan 25, 2019

A wonderful, memorable, thought-provoking read about coming to America: Ifemelu is one of the most vivid characters I have encountered in fiction. She uses every bit of language available--and then some--to successfully describe and navigate what it is to live in several worlds--all different--and includes many fascinating physical, emotional, romantic, social, and political, and racial details.

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.

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Jan 28, 2019

They would not understand why people like him, who were raised well fed and watered but mired in dissatisfaction, conditioned from birth to look towards somewhere else, eternally convinced that real lives happened in that somewhere else, were now resolved to dangerous things, illegal things, so as to leave, none of them starving, or raped, or from burned villages, but merely hungry for choice and certainty.

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."

DLBookWorm Aug 06, 2016

“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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