From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a dazzling new novel: a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home. 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. Fearless, gripping, at once darkly funny and tender, spanning three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a richly told story set in today' s globalized world: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie' s most powerful and astonishing novel yet.
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by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
by Alastair Reynolds
by John Harvey
by Taiye Selasi
by Yvvette Edwards
by Howard Jacobson
"Adjoa Andoh has her work cut out for her narrating the sprawling story of Nigerian college sweethearts Ifemelu and Obinze, who flee ÒchoicelessnessÓ rather than violence. AndohÕs rich voice and distinct characters and rhythm keep the listener engrossed even as the plot occasionally meanders. Ifemelu moves to the U.S. for 13 years, attending college, forming serious relationships, writing a blog about race in America, and watching her nephew grow up. But eventually the Òcement in her soulÓ motivates her to move home. Andoh has fun adopting a mocking lilt for IfemeluÕs snarky blog entries and politically correct academic friends. A more serious tone brings authenticity to the heartbreak of ObinzeÕs London experience, in which he becomes immersed in the shadowy underground economy of post-9/11 illegal immigration and deportation. Andoh seamlessly shifts accents from Nigerian to middle-class American to American African to working-class British to British African. A.B. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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