By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


588 pages

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

What’s it about?

This novel is a love story, an immigrant’s story and a story of race in America.

What did it make me think about?

This is a book I wanted to love. It started off so promising for me, and parts of the novel were amazing.  I found the main character smart, interesting, insightful and sometimes just harsh and hard to understand.

Should I read it?

I found the authors’ commentaries on race in America thought provoking.  Her observations on being a new immigrant to America were also interesting.   Her ability to stand back and observe, and then write social commentary makes this novel worth reading.  However be warned-  the second half of the book got tedious for me.


“There was a manic optimism that he noticed in many of the people who had moved back from America in the past few years, a head-bobbing, ever-smiling, over-enthusiastic kind of manic optimism that bored him, because it was like a cartoon, without texture or depth.  He hoped she would not have become like that.  “

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