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The bestselling novel from the award-winning author of We Should All Be Feminists and Dear Ijeawele. The story of two Nigerians making their way in the U.S. and the UK, raising universal questions of race and belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for identity and a home.
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: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group


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Oct 15, 2020

A fun read

Sep 23, 2020

Modern Mrs Darcy

Aug 10, 2020

An examination of race in America from a unique perspective.

May 20, 2020

Beautiful and masterful! I loved this novel and had to take several days to process it all. It successfully weaves a multilayered story and pays homage to real struggle of being uprooted, being an immigrant, being black and to finding one's place. There are so many multidimensional characters and it's hard to put the book down. It's been described as a love story, but there is so much more to this book.

VaughanPLDavidB Feb 26, 2020

Though I didn't intend to, as soon as I started reading this book, I was comparing it to Will Ferguson's 419. I didn't much like 419 at the time I read it, and now I like it even less. I'm not sure how Ferguson could ever have presumed to write about Nigeria with any kind of authority. If only to learn a little bit about Nigerian and Nigerians, this is the book to read. Yet it is so much more. The thing that stood out to me is that there seems to be a great gulf between what it means to be African American, and what it means to be a non-American African, particularly those living in America. The author has clearly observed, through the eyes of her main character, Ifemelu, that African Americans as a group seem to have defined themselves by their position in the hierarchy of victimhood, and seem loath to give up that position. This is clear in the way that the character Blaine is essentially lecturing the reader about race. I read to be entertained and informed, not to be lectured. That's why I give this book 4 rather than 5.

OPL_AnnaW Dec 20, 2019

An immigration story, a love story, and an exploration of race and identity, this book covers a lot of bases. Adichie crafts such captivating characters that I had a hard time putting this book down.

Nov 22, 2019

Great book

Oct 30, 2019

Became one of my personal favorites. Immigration and the conflict regarding the juxtaposition of cultures... plus such a real story. I have to admit I hated the very end, but that's just me wanting to argue with Ifemelu. So if you want a book that engrosses you so much the main character becomes like a friend - pick it up!

Sep 24, 2019

September WPL book club selection: This book was 800 pages of boring.....I didn't care for any of the characters. I didn't like the lying. And so many hard to pronounce names!!

Americanah is about a girl from Lagos, Nigeria who meets a boy named Obinze. They fall in love time and time again yet never seem to get their wants aligned with each other. She ends up going to college with him and then gets a offer to go to a college in Philadelphia. The novel goes through her struggle with being considered black and/or African. She feels like she is always being put down for her skin tone or her accent making her feel like America really isn't all it's made up to be in the movies and television shows. She struggles finding her place as an American which leads her back to her hometown. She then finds that she had lost parts of her Nigerian culture while living in America. She talks to workers, friends and different family members leading everyone to believe she is all American. Americanah is a fictional story which relays the importance of telling stories of race, and immigration.

This book had such a powerful role in my life and has opened my eyes to the world around me. After reading this book I really thought about the message it sends to the readers and kept wondering why I haven’t heard of this book before. Ifemelu is an interesting character, observant, watchful, and so very sure of herself. As a teenager, she is confident in a way I still can’t understand. Obinze knows himself in such a way that he doesn’t need to follow any crowd, or have anybody validate him. Americanah is a remarkable book, a thoughtful book, a book filled with truth; it touches on issues such as social inequality, immigration, self-acceptance, loss of cultural identity, and constant change. The book remains with you after you finish reading, begging you to “read again.”

Publication date: May 2013
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Recommended for: Ages 15+


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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.

Oct 03, 2016

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

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”

Jul 26, 2015

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


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