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Americanah

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, 1977- Book - 2013 Fiction, Adult Book / Fiction / General / Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi None on shelf 10 requests on 13 copies Community Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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"A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected"--Provided by publisher.

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A wonderful book, a fresh perspective submitted by aunal on December 10, 2014, 4:27pm Adichie zoomed to the top of my favorite writers list when I read "Half of a Yellow Sun". -
"Americanah" has only increased my admiration for this gifted author. Her books are immensely readable, and, fairly quickly, the reader feels the protagonists are personal friends, understands their emotions, their experiences, their perspectives...
Yet her narratives are always thought-provoking; in "Americanah" she examines racism in the USA through the eyes of a non-African-American, ie an African living in the US.

beautiful and poignant achievement in fiction writing submitted by kelsco2016 on June 17, 2016, 9:58pm Americanah is a beautiful and poignant achievement in fiction writing, and is a powerful reading experience deserving of the praise it received in the press. Starring Ifemelu, a Nigerian girl who moves to America, Adichie incorporates thoughts and comments on culture and race in America from both the inside and the outside, and inhabits the space between belonging to two countries. Adichie’s literary voice, too, is on display here, with her metaphors – “strenuous loyalty,” “the cold was a weightless menace,” the “oppressive lethargy of choicelessness,” “caged in the airlessness of their parents’ immigrant aspirations.” Ifemelu’s observations, too, were delightful; identifying with her throughout the book was a pleasure.

• “Her relationship with him was like being content in a house but always sitting by the window looking out.”
• “She was lighter and leaner; she was Curt’s Girlfriends, a role she slipped into as into a favorite, flattering dress.”
• “He was so impressed by what I owned, and I just felt as if my life had become this layer of pretension after pretension and I started to get sentimental about the past.”

happy to have found this author! submitted by Sunny29 on June 21, 2016, 11:58am I was hooked by page 2, simply by Adichie's writing style and under current of humor and cynicism. This is an excellent novel that encourages (forces?!) you to look at the subtleties of race in America, and the difference between "African Blacks" and "Non-African Blacks"

Astouding Novel submitted by Meginator on July 13, 2017, 12:32pm What I appreciated most about "Americanah" is the way that it gripped me without my recognizing it or, in retrospect, ever quite realizing why: the novel immediately had me hooked and I had no choice but to read on. Adichie has a way of creating compelling characters who immediately jump to life; I feel like I would recognize Ifemelu or Obinze if I saw them on the street, and both grow and change realistically as their stories develop. The book's criticisms of U.S. attitudes toward race, immigration, poverty, and other issues are searing yet subtle; by giving us a person to sympathize with, Adichie forces readers to confront our own assumptions and possible complicity in the injustices she describes. The prose is lush but never indulgent, and everything, from the streets of Lagos to Ifemelu's blog posts, come to vivid life throughout the book. "Americanah" is a transformative and (sadly) necessary work that challenges readers while inviting them into Ifemelu's and Obinze's perhaps unfamiliar lives.

Wow submitted by KOH on August 28, 2017, 7:15pm Wonderful novel!

love the novel so much submitted by hsucc on August 15, 2018, 9:56am An incredibly readable and rich tapestry of Nigerian and American life. Can't put it down before finish reading it!

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PUBLISHED
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Year Published: 2013
Description: 477 p.
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9780307271082

SUBJECTS
Immigrants -- Fiction.
Refugees -- Fiction.
Nigerians -- Fiction.
Nigerians -- England -- Fiction.
Nigeria -- Fiction.
Political fiction.
Love stories.