Americanah follows Ifemelu and Obinze, who fall in love while in school in Nigeria but whose love is interrupted by Ifemelu’s decision to continue her studies in America. There, she faces both hardship and successes, and must confront for the first time the foreignness of America’s concept of race. Unable to join her in America, Obinze settles in London, where he faces a difficult road as an undocumented immigrant. When chance brings them together again, old feelings arise and threaten to destroy the lives they have built independently.
“She rested her head against his and felt, for the first time, what she would often feel with him: a self-affection. He made her like herself. With him, she was at ease; her skin felt as though it was her right size.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the author of three novels — Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Americanah — and one short story collection, The Thing Around Your Neck. Born in Nigeria, she now divides her time between there and the United States.
Length: 477 pages
Set in: Lagos, Nigeria; London, England; New Jersey, United States
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