Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
For those that love a good old love story, look no further than Americanah. It is the story of two young Nigerians who return home after years apart whilst studying and working abroad. Their paths tail off in different directions but they both face challenges of adjusting to overseas life and also fitting back in to a modern Nigeria after many years away.
The key issue of race is something that flows through the whole novel, Ifemulu the fiery female lead finds herself in America and being made aware of her race for the first time.
She begins a blog to document the struggles that this group of people face in a foreign country, for example her details of the battles with dating a white attractive male. In another continent, Obinze, the quiet and considerate male finds himself plunged into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Eventually they both find themselves back in their homeland and faced with their old fearless passion, they must make the most important decision of their lives.
It is easy to see how Americanah made the New York Times “Best 10 books of 2013” it is a tender and touching story with moments of enlightening humour and thoughtful reflection. The book had early fans in Beyoncé and Lupita Nyong’o who has optioned the film rights to Americanah, so keep your eyes peeled for more details about an upcoming film.
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