Americanah

Americanah

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"Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion--for each other and for their homeland."--Publisher information.
Publisher: New York, New York : Anchor Books, a division of Random House LLC, 2014
Edition: First Anchor books edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780307455925
0307455920
9781101873007
1101873000
Branch Call Number: FIC ADICHIE 2014
Characteristics: 588 pages ; 21 cm

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As Mbue does in BEHOLD THE DREAMERS, acclaimed Nigerian author Adichie offers a compelling depiction of globalization and immigrant life through the eyes of Ifemulu, a young Nigerian woman striving to build a life in America, and her friends and family.

The experiences of a Nigerian woman, Ifemelu, as she emigrates to the U.S. to attend college and engages with the complex tapestry of American race relations.

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"A story about love, immigration, and race through the eyes of a 'non-American black' (NAB). The main character, Ifemelu's, blog posts about race really struck me as fresh & relevant." -- Gabrielle D.


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pokano
Apr 06, 2019

Engrossing novel about a Nigerian woman who confronts race for the first time when she comes to the United States as a student. Her insights into American racial issues offer an often provocative and always thoughtful look from the outside in.

DBRL_ReginaF Feb 04, 2019

This is one of those books that has been languishing on my TBR list since probably before it actually even came out. I can't tell you why it took me so long to get to it but I'm so glad it finally made it to the top!

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abbi_g
Jan 28, 2019

Americanah struck so many chords within me. Before this novel, I've never read fiction about Black immigrants in the U.S. that boldly tackles the racist social structures in the U.S. that Black immigrants must learn to adapt to. Although I didn't always agree with the things that the main character, Ifemelu did, I absolutely loved her character and appreciated her views on the differences between life in Nigeria and the U.S. After reading Americanah, I have to get my hands on another Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie novel.

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lonekid
Jan 25, 2019

A wonderful, memorable, thought-provoking read about coming to America: Ifemelu is one of the most vivid characters I have encountered in fiction. She uses every bit of language available--and then some--to successfully describe and navigate what it is to live in several worlds--all different--and includes many fascinating physical, emotional, romantic, social, and political, and racial details.

IndyPL_MahasinM Jan 16, 2019

While the book focuses on the relationship between Ifemelu and Obinze what I loved about it was the fact that it was unapologetically black. Ifemelu has relationships like I’ve had, goes to the hair salon and has similar experiences to what I have, and writes a blog that I’d read in a heartbeat. I’ve recommended this book to so many women (especially black women) because in addition to being well written it really has a level of heart, soul and passion that I related to.
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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Nov 01, 2018

Every bit as wonderful and thought-provoking as I’d been told. A beautiful story about identity, the nature of “home,” and love.

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lpreston214
Jul 18, 2018

A fantastic book about culture shock, racism, family, love, and just being human. Nigerian Ifemelu comes to America to study and "becomes" Black. Never having been described by her race before, it's an adjustment in racist America. She struggles with making it and then begins a blog about being a non-American Black in America. I'm not sure what I expected when I started this book but I loved it from page 1. So well-written and just effortless to read. I read the ebook so was not really aware of the length as some have mentioned but it could have gone on for many more pages and I would not complain. One of my best reads this year.

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May 23, 2018

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abbi_g
Jan 28, 2019

They would not understand why people like him, who were raised well fed and watered but mired in dissatisfaction, conditioned from birth to look towards somewhere else, eternally convinced that real lives happened in that somewhere else, were now resolved to dangerous things, illegal things, so as to leave, none of them starving, or raped, or from burned villages, but merely hungry for choice and certainty.

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cknightkc
Oct 03, 2016

"...he lived in London indeed but invisibly, his existence like an erased pencil sketch..."

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cknightkc
Oct 03, 2016

"She liked that he wore their relationship so boldly, like a brightly colored shirt."

DLBookWorm Aug 06, 2016

“That her relationship with him was like being content in a house but always sitting by the window and looking out”

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labrys
Jul 26, 2015

“Racism should never have happened and so you don't get a cookie for reducing it.”

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