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Americanah

Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Americanah
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"A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307271082
0307271080
Branch Call Number: FICTION ADICHIE 2013
Characteristics: 477 pages ;,25 cm

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A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected"-- Provided by publisher.

This tells the story of Ifemelu and Obinze, two young Nigerian lovers who try to get out of Nigeria, succeed in doing so, and then move back. Ifemelu is very perceptive and outspoken, and this book is most interesting when she emigrates to the United States and sees from both the outside and the ... Read More »

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 j... Read More »

A rare book to make you laugh, think, question and then fall in love.

February. This book was a kick in the pants. It tells the story of Ifemelu and Obinze, two young Nigerian lovers who try to get out of Nigeria, succeed in doing so, and then move back. Ifemelu is very perceptive and outspoken, and this book is most interesting when she emigrates to the United S... Read More »


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Jan 21, 2015
  • incikaya rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wonderfully written, captivating storyline. One of the top, best books I've read.

The book has multiple layers. It's a love story, the story between the protagonist character and her long time-ago boyfriend who reappears throughout the book.

Another layer is the protagonist's evolution as an African author moving to the US and becoming aware of her black skin, how she is perceived as the same as African American blacks, but how Africans living in the US are a different breed. She writes a blog about race and provides many interesting, compelling and refreshing views about race (or just different skin color) and all that goes with it without bothering with the veil of being politically correct.

A must must read!

Nov 12, 2014
  • cathymount rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. It is beautifully written, funny & dramatic, political & personal.

Read it, then explore Adichie's other novels. You won't be disappointed.

Adichie is a wonderful storyteller. I found this novel to be very captivating and couldn't put it down. It is hard to describe this book because it is about so much - love, race and identity, the immigrant experience, and more.

Oct 05, 2014
  • sharon711 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A cerebral book that provides insight into the immigrant experience. I found the love story intriguing.

Aug 08, 2014
  • jentaco rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. It was such a well-written and insightful glimpse into the view of America and race from the eyes of an African black woman.

Jun 19, 2014
  • mombrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

You will love this book:
If you love novels where place is a main character
if you love novels that make you feel like main characters are your best friends
if you get that sad feeling when a great book is nearing its close because you just don’t want it to end
if you regularly get into arguments, debates or fantastic conversations about class and race and politics and feminism and the overall state of the world
if you want to feel all over again how you felt when you read White Teeth or Midnight’s Children

Winner of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

Apr 30, 2014
  • Indigo_Cobra_8 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Looking back, this is one of the highest ratings I've ever given on NYPL. For me, this book had some of that rare, special magic that voracious readers hunger for. The two protagonists were extremely relatable and intelligent. The writing style was funny yet simple, and the story was fast-paced. There weren't any awkward transitions or boring tangents. For those of you who have a phobia of politically inclined novels: Don't worry. "Americanah" may be opiniated, but gives nuances to old discussions on race, poverty, and marriage. This is the real deal.

Apr 24, 2014
  • mclarjh rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A teenage love story masquerading as a serious story about race relations in America. Too long, and not well written.

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