By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • Release Date: 2013-05-14
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
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The bestselling novel—a love story of race and identity—from the award-winning author of We Should All Be Feminists and Dear Ijeawele.

Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland. 


  • Imprisoned by brilliance...deflated by longing

    By Bit o' Scam
    I was simply entranced by the brilliance of this story. I fell in love. The endearing honesty and the openness of black culture from an African perspective was exhilarating. I always wondered the thoughts of Black Africans as Americans (for whatever length of time), and now I have some idea. As a AA woman I have long felt a sense of distance and resentment when encountering our parallels. I never quite grasped why. This story and the transparency, in spite of how maddening and difficult it was to internalize, helped my process of that. Item and Obinze's love was relatable on so many levels. However, I was left wanting more "drama" at the story's end. It felt to me a hard period at the end instead of a well-planned climax. Thank you for this work.
  • Americanah

    By Munisah Brown
    I almost could not put down 📖Americanah by Chimamanda. I spent many hours burning the midnight oil and even closed my door at work a few times at my lunch hour. It's a book about race and culture in America and abroad, intertwined in a love story-but certainly not a romance novel by any means. It's deeply textured, thought provoking and beautifully written. You won't be disappointed.
  • Best book ever!

    By @omg-cookie
    One of the best books i've ever read!
  • I need a sequel...

    By ElZedEm
    What an amazing read! I could not put this book down. As a NAB I could identify with every words. And every word drew me in. Demanded I reach more. Brilliantly written. Rich. Descriptive. Believable storyline. I'll be reading this again, for sure! It inspired me to write.
  • Multi-layered and powerful experience

    By Lady Sparhawk
    Americanah starts strong and gets even better as it goes along. Beautifully written. Deep insights, depth we white folks cannot plunge unguide. The range of issues: race, racism, American black experience, non-American black experience, legal and illegal immigrant experience, ex-patriot experience after Americanization, women's experiences by each group, extraordinary-by-any-standard 'nouveau riches' in newly 'developing countries', in this case Nigeria, true poverty, relationships in each of the above categories, and so much more. It is a powerful experience.
  • Loved it!

    By Taks TK
    I can relate even though I did not come here without papers. Just the immigrant experienced and reading this. It was funny, sad, and extremely well written. I was blown away by a book that speaks about another voice and encourages me that there will be mroe books to represent all people and not just the majority. The danger of a single story said Chimamanda. I’m a huge fan and I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
  • Do not miss out on this book

    By Kcervan
    Wow, so beautifully written. At no point in this book did I want it to be over. The view on various cultures is intriguing yet guides you to think about your views in various ways. The perfection of all the story lines coming together deeply immerses you. The characters are complex and unique. I loved it.
  • Interesting

    By An annoyed squid
    Interesting perspective on race from a non American black. Painted an in depth look at life in Nigeria. Very long. Lost interest in some of the characters but overall a good read.
  • Great read!

    By Ereaderg
    This was our book club book this month and I am so glad. What an interesting story with so much culture, detail and passion.
  • Americanah Review

    By higginsona207826
    Americanah is centered around a romance in one of the least romantic ways. It is the one consistency kept through out the book. Obinze and Ifemelu are somewhat star-crossed lovers. They barely interact, but when their narratives are placed next to each, they reveal transcendent ideas about society and the lives we live. Both are immigrants that eventually go back to their homeland. Throughout the course of their lives they obtain and lose several jobs, relationships, mental states, all of which are both relatable and reflective. This book is a broad social commentary and as expected, shows some of the dark sides of our world. The sides that most don’t like to say out loud. Although many of the ideas and events presented can be controversial, this book has helped me think about topics, especially race, in a new light. She also has uncovered many experiences that black people in America face, which is something that I could never experience for myself. Even the fact that it shares the black perspective in such a transparent and blunt way is something that many of us need. We need to stop tolerating others who are different and start trying to truly connect and relate to them to cure the plague of discrimination. When I first began reading the novel I wasn’t sure what to expect. But one thing was clear from the start: Ngozi Adichie can write. Ever page is extremely well written. Especially the blog posts that she scattered throughout the novel. These blog posts to me are what her writing unique. It provided for a diversified narrative. It gives the author the ability to tell a first hand narrative and then let that narrator speak directly to the audience to explicitly get points across. It creates a depth of discussion where Adichie can state compelling arguments plainly. At the same time, she can subtly review other over arching themes and ideas through literary devises such as mood, language, plot sequence, and setting. One of the weak points of the novel was the characters. There was little to no character development. It was as if the character were static with bursts of change. Also, most of the supporting character we very one-dimensional. It was as if they all were predictable symbols rather than people who have more than one face. The ending to the book also fell short. It was if the novel was a series of attacks on our current discriminatory culture portrayed as idle proposed notions, but the end felt like a new book. It was similar to a boxing fight when the victor is too exhausted to finished with a decisive blow. Despite all of that, the novel for me had more pros than cons. Besides the excellent rhetoric, the ideas present in the book were nothing short of compelling. The book tells the story of a new type of Africa. The one that has pride and dignity. The main characters were black immigrants that choose to make the better life for themselves. It wasn’t the story we always hear. It was a story most Americans can relate to. Immigration in their case is similar to going to a good college or moving to a town with opportunity. Once they are in the country, that’s when it really gets good. Viewing our world from an outsider may be the only way to see old trends from a new perspective. It washes away the justifications we have made for centuries and replacing them with a different and updated explanation. Americanah is something everyone should read because it brings us one step closer to understanding and open discussion of the perception of differences.