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Americanah Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 14 2013


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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Canada (May 14 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307397912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307397911
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 3.9 x 24.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
NATIONAL BESTSELLER
WINNER 2013 – National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
FINALIST 2014 – Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction
FINALIST 2014 – Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction

 “Americanah is most memorable for its fine-tuned, scathing observations about worldly Nigerians and the ways they create new identities out of pretension and aspiration…. Adichie displays much keen critical intelligence about how we can unwittingly betray our truest selves.”
—Janet Maslin, The New York Times Book Review
 
“Masterful.... An expansive, epic love story set in three countries, Adichie’s fourth book pulls no punches with regard to race, class, and the high-risk, heart-tearing struggle for belonging in a fractured world.”
O, The Oprah Magazine
 
“Superb…. A lush, big-hearted love story that also happens to be a piercingly funny social critique.”
Vogue
 
“‘You can’t write an honest novel about race in this country,’ comments a character towards the end of Americanah. It’s a slyly self-referential joke since, with her ambitious third novel, prize-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie sets out to prove otherwise, placing race squarely, unapologetically and entertainingly centre-stage…Written with flair and warmth, this impressively poised novel makes the most of Adichie’s sense of wry detachment as an outsider without losing an affectionate humour for both her native Nigeria and adopted country.”
Daily Mail 
 
“An incredibly readable and rich tapestry of Nigerian and American life, and the ways a handful of vivid characters—so vivid they feel like family—try to live in both worlds simultaneously. As she did so masterfully with Half of a Yellow Sun, Adichie paints on a grand canvas, boldly and confidently, equally adept at conveying the complicated political backdrop of Lagos as she is in bringing us into the day-to-day lives of her many new Americans—a single mom, a student, a hairdresser. This is a very funny, very warm and moving intergenerational epic that confirms Adichie’s virtuosity, boundless empathy and searing social acuity.”
—Dave Eggers, author of A Hologram for the King

“Adichie’s great gift is that she has always brought us into the territory of the previously unexplored. She writes about that which others have kept silent. Americanah is no exception. This is not just a story that unfolds across three different continents, it is also a keenly observed examination of race, identity and belonging in the global landscapes of Africans and Americans. If Joyce had silence, exile and cunning for his defense, Adichie has flair, loss and longing. And Adichie is brave enough to allow the story to unfold with a distinct straightforward simplicity that never loses its edgy intellect.”
—Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin
 
“Adichie burst onto the literary scene in 2006 with Half of a Yellow Sun, her searing depiction of the civil war in Nigeria. Her equally compelling and important new novel follows the lives of that country’s postwar generation as they suffer endemic corruption and poverty under a military dictatorship. An unflinching but compassionate observer, Adichie writes a vibrant tale about love, betrayal, and destiny…. [A] touching love story and an illuminating portrait of a country still in political turmoil.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's work has appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Granta and Zoetrope. She is the author of The Thing Around Your Neck and of 2 novels, Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize and was a NBCC Finalist. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Edwin on Dec 27 2014
Format: Paperback
Americanah tells the story of Ifemelu, a Nigerian immigrant to the US. There is also a love story here: Ifemelu falls in love with Obinze as a teenager and both their stories are followed in the novel. In a smaller way, the story is also about hair (as a metaphor?), as Ifemelu transitions from braids to an afro.

I truly appreciated reading about Ifemelu's perspective as a black woman in Africa versus a black immigrant to the US. Obinze's immigrant experience in England is also interesting, although I often wanted to get back to reading about the outspoken and fiery Ifemelu. I've read reviews that find the book to be too opinionated, but I really didn't have that reaction. I appreciated the exploration of the politics of race and the challenge to consider one's unexamined perspectives. There was lots of food for thought!

The plot was interesting and the characters were vivid. It was a fun read that managed to explore lots of serious topics.

To sum it up: if you like books about immigrants, the politics of race, and, well, hair - you'll love this one! Especially if you like strong female narrators. Highly recommended, and I think that college students would especially like it. There is something about Ifemelu that took me back to my college days. My mom in her 60s also loved it.
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This is a very informative and well written book. Too bad that these two qualities fight for space and prominence within the story with result being something that is perhaps too long and of uncertain identity.

The informative part provides the reader with a wealth of extremely interesting details about it means to be black in US, UK and Africa itself. The original element is that most of it is presented from the perspective of middle and upper-middle class people thus avoiding the traditional and well-worn themes of poverty, slums, crime, etc. Ifemelu, the Nigerian born female hero is actually writing a blog about the black experience in US and the author is so keen to share with us what she has observed, that the book contains many long paragraphs from the blog, reproduced in their entirety. All very, very interesting but perhaps to extensive for a work of fiction.

The well written part refers to the actual story and the way the characters are portrayed. This is a two points of view book and the two protagonists, Ifemelu and Obinze make the reader care for them and be interested in what is happening to them. The presence of the “blog” or blog-like sections however dilute the pace and intensity of the story.

It would have been better to split this in two pieces: a social study and a love story. Even so it is a very entertaining read and I definitely recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dit on May 16 2014
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As a non-Black woman, I found a black woman's perspective on social interactions illuminating. It has changed my understanding of such interactions. I have been encouraging many friends to read this book. Edith
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By Kelsi TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 21 2015
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I am in awe of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Her writing is exceptional and I love how she does not shy away from writing about her observations on race in America, as well as gender roles. The characters' struggles all seemed very real and there was no magic solution that made everything work out perfectly for the characters every time. I think every one who was born in Canada or the United States should read this book in order to gain insight on what it is like to immigrate into another country.

I can say with confidence that this is one of the best books I have ever read.
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"But beyond race, the book is about the immigrant’s quest: self-invention, which is the American subject. “Americanah” is unique among the booming canon of immigrant literature of the last generation (including writers Junot Diaz, Jhumpa Lahiri, Gary Shteyngart, Chang-rae Lee, Dinaw Mengestu and Susan Choi). Its ultimate concern isn’t the challenge of becoming American or the hyphenation that requires, but the challenge of going back home."
Emily Raboteau in the Washington Post

I could not say it better than that.
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I could not put Americanah down. Not only was it evocatively and beautifully written, but it gave me a whole new perspective about what it is like to be black in America. The relationships between the main character and the men in her life are, in the end, a bit weak and inconsistent, particularly the discrepancy (SPOILER ALERT) between one of the principle male character's choice of girlfriend and wife, one outspoken and frank, the other docile, but good looking. Nevertheless, I highly recommend this book.
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By Michelle Michiels on Aug. 1 2015
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I so thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are interesting, full human beings, the plot line is good, commentary on interpersonal and social relationships is present and thoughtful, and the overall atmosphere and writing style is entertaining. I look forward to reading more of her work.

Also, I usually have to force myself to read the first 40pages or so of a new book before I connect with it, but this book is immediately engaging.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By snowboy on Feb. 8 2014
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Adichie knocks it out of the park again with this wonderful story about a woman's journey from Nigeria to the US and back again.
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