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Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

From the award-winning author of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun,’ a powerful story of love, race and identity.

As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze 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.

Thirteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a blogger. But after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?


‘A tour de force … The artistry with which Adichie keeps her story moving, while animating the complex anxieties in which the characters live and work, is hugely impressive’ Mail on Sunday

‘Her observations about race are fresh and incisive … Enjoy the chance to visit three continents, observe a wide array of subcultures and meet complicated and interesting characters..’ Sunday Times

‘Adichie writes superb dialogue straight from the mouth of her people … This is a delicious, important novel from a writer with a great deal to say’ The Times

‘Adichie is terrific on human interactions … Adichie’s writing always has an elegant shimmer to it … Wise, entertaining and unendingly perceptive’ Independent on Sunday

‘Superb … a large, ambitious book … powerful, heartfelt and evocative. Once again Adichie excels with her depiction of Nigeria …The dialogue sparkles … she is a writer of huge talent who just keeps getting better’ Literary Review

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  • Curious C.

    Excellent meet.
    Thanks to all who came.
    We all chipped in, didn't we ?
    Very interesting discussion re the book.
    I'm going to be looking at it again . . .
    . . . and
    a further great discussion about racism.
    black / brown / white
    USA / GB/ Nigeria.
    Curious Cat

    1 · August 12, 2014

  • Katharine O.

    Hi everyone really sorry but I'll be held up and won't make it - I'm babysitting and the parents will be back later than planned. Have a great time though - book is great so I'm sorry to miss the discussions!

    August 11, 2014

  • attiya

    See u tomorrow I may be a bit late

    August 10, 2014

  • Olivene H.

    I'm really sorry to miss this but I have to work until 9.30pm. It's a great novel and I was really looking forward to discussing it with the group

    August 10, 2014

  • Maureen

    Sorry, I can't attend this one as I'll be in sunny Italy - poor me;-)

    1 · August 5, 2014

  • Nicky A.

    Thrilled to have found an E18 book group - I'd best get reading.

    July 27, 2014

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