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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
It's like looking into a culture through the life of a woman. Totally engrossing, so well written, engaging. Real life, beautifully described.Published 20 hours ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great book. What a great combination of a love story and and inside look at racism in America.Published 1 day ago by JTom
Gave a good insight into the lives of people of different cultures. Also the way they coped when moving from Africa to either England and America, showing the different ways people... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kate Muller
Well written book. An introduction to the life of a modern and educated Nigerian woman in the USA and her return to her patriark.Published 1 day ago by vera schwach
I liked this book very much. However, I thought that there were too many descriptions of love making, whether, describing it being performed, or describing it, being thought of. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Mar