Hay Festival January Book of the Month
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.
A powerful, tender story of race and identity by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah has been published in 29 languages. The novel won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2013, was listed among the New York Times Book Review’s “Ten Best Books of 2013”, and won The Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction 2013 and the “One Book, One New York” campaign 2017.
"There are some novels that tell a great story and others that make you change the way you look at the world. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah is a book that manages to do both" - Elizabeth Day, The Guardian.