Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Reviewed by Katie Presley
We here at BookPeople were beside ourselves to welcome Ann Patchett to the store earlier this year, as we adore her as not only a favorite author but also a fellow independent bookseller. While she was here, Ann shared with us (and her packed audience) a list of her favorite books of 2013. One of her picks also landed on our top ten list: Americanah, the tour de force third novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Americanah functions as many things, which is part of why it is such a remarkable accomplishment. It’s a novel, telling the story of two young Nigerians making their lives under drastically different (and yet fundamentally similar) ways abroad. But it’s also a powerful polemic on race, particularly race in the United States; it’s a book to start discussions; a tool; a reading assignment for Americans who…
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