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*Starred Review* To the women in the hair-braiding salon, Ifemelu seems to have everything a Nigerian immigrant in America could desire, but the culture shock, hardships, and racism she’s endured have left her feeling like she has “cement in her soul.” Smart, irreverent, and outspoken, she reluctantly left Nigeria on a college scholarship. Her aunty Uju, the pampered mistress of a general in Lagos, is now struggling on her own in the U.S., trying to secure her medical license. Ifemelu’s discouraging job search brings on desperation and depression until a babysitting gig leads to a cashmere-and-champagne romance with a wealthy white man. Astonished at the labyrinthine racial strictures she’s confronted with, Ifemelu, defining herself as a “Non-American Black,” launches an audacious, provocative, and instantly popular blog in which she explores what she calls Racial Disorder Syndrome. Meanwhile, her abandoned true love, Obinze, is suffering his own cold miseries as an unwanted African in London. MacArthur fellow Adichie (The Thing around Your Neck, 2009) is a word-by-word virtuoso with a sure grasp of social conundrums in Nigeria, East Coast America, and England; an omnivorous eye for resonant detail; a gift for authentic characters; pyrotechnic wit; and deep humanitarianism. Americanah is a courageous, world-class novel about independence, integrity, community, and love and what it takes to become a “full human being.” --Donna Seaman
It is not a stretch to say that her finely observed new book, which combines perfectly calibrated social satire and heartfelt emotion, stands with Invisible Man and The Bluest Eye as a defining work about the experience of being black in America.--Ruth FranklinSee all Editorial Reviews
Absolutely amazing. One of the best books I have ever read and one of my new favorites, for sure.Published 2 days ago by D. Ford
Great insights on race relations in the US from an African visitorPublished 3 days ago by Richard A. Shaffer
Favorite book in last several years writing is pure poetryPublished 3 days ago by Melody L. Collamer
One of the most thoughtful, thought-provoking, smart, funny books I've read in a long time. I can't recommend it enough. Read morePublished 3 days ago by stp_reader
Billed as immigration and race literature, this bordered on "sentimental fiction" or romance novel in many regards. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
A long journey with an abrupt ending. Good story but not intriguing.Published 5 days ago by Debra Jeanine
Immigration story. Love story. Coming of age story. A story about race and gender. A story about Nigeria. A story about misperceptions about Africa/being black/being American.Published 5 days ago by Linda C Ngov
Sometimes fiction is written so well, that you get educated in spite of yourself, and that was the case with this book. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Davi Gainer