Sunday, June 23, 2013

Hurrah, Chimamandamericanah!

I have read all four of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's books, and Americanah, her latest novel, does not disappoint.  Unlike my favorite of her works, Half of a Yellow Sun, which is taut, explosive, and passionate, Americanah is more meandering and sweeping.  Set in the United States, Nigeria, and London, Adichie explores race, love, and identity that spans across continents and time.  The story centers around Ifemelu, a young woman who leaves Nigeria to study in the United States, and leaves behind her first love, Obinze, who, after living undocumented in London, gets deported back to Nigeria, where Ifemelu eventually lands as well.  The novel traces their separate lives and families, and is infused with great dialogue as well as a refreshing directness, mainly conveyed through Ifemelu's blog.  Adichie is one of my favorite contemporary writers!

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