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A New York Times BestsellerA Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for FictionOne of the New York Times Ten Best Books of the YearFrom the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a dazzling new novel: a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781410486134
Characteristics: 793 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
large print (16 point)


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This novel has received critical acclaim from a long list of sources. Americanah takes place both in Nigeria and the United States and provides poignant reflections on culture, race, gender, and relationships. The narrator is hilarious at times and is someone I wanted to befriend.

Americanah is part coming-of-age story, part feminist manifesto, part astute commentary on Nigerian and American societies. Adichie is a brilliant writer and one of the most influential black feminist voices of today.

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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+


Aug 26, 2019

Tea & Talk Book Club / September 2019

Aug 08, 2019

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well-developed and I liked the writing style. She has become an author I look for. I recommend this as a good read!

Jul 17, 2019

June - Sept 30, 2019 challenge

Jun 12, 2019

I enjoyed reading a book that showed a perspective of Black Americans through the eyes of a continental African. While the story itself is relatively interesting, I did not want to root for the narrator which made it less enjoyable to read. I would still recommend to friends that enjoy modern fiction, especially having to do with the Black community.

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!

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.

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.

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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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