Chimamanda Adichie has written a fascinating novel that offers the reader a glimpse into life in Nigeria and America as seen through the eyes of the intelligent, courageous, imperfect, but somehow always endearing Ifemelu. Ifemelu spends her childhood in Nigeria but immigrates to the U.S. to attend college. She spends many years in America as a writer of a provocative and popular blog called "Raceteenth or Various Observations About American Blacks (Those Formerly Known as Negroes) by a Non-American Black" before eventually returning to Nigeria. Ifemelu struggles to understand and fit into American society; the racism she experiences around every corner is heartbreaking but Adichie's deftness as a writer balances the bleakness with humor and hope. A captivating story about race, class, and love, Americanah is well worth the read! -- Joni Roberts, Librarian
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