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Publisher Description

With her award-winning debut novel, Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was heralded by the Washington Post Book World as the “21st century daughter” of Chinua Achebe. Now, in her masterly, haunting new novel, she recreates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria during the 1960s.

With the effortless grace of a natural storyteller, Adichie weaves together the lives of five characters caught up in the extraordinary tumult of the decade. Fifteen-year-old Ugwu is houseboy to Odenigbo, a university professor who sends him to school, and in whose living room Ugwu hears voices full of revolutionary zeal. Odenigbo’s beautiful mistress, Olanna, a sociology teacher, is running away from her parents’ world of wealth and excess; Kainene, her urbane twin, is taking over their father’s business; and Kainene’s English lover, Richard, forms a bridge between their two worlds. As we follow these intertwined lives through a military coup, the Biafran secession and the subsequent war, Adichie brilliantly evokes the promise, and intimately, the devastating disappointments that marked this time and place.
Epic, ambitious and triumphantly realized, Half of a Yellow Sun is a more powerful, dramatic and intensely emotional picture of modern Africa than any we have had before.

Fiction & Literature
September 12
Knopf Canada
Penguin Random House Canada

Customer Reviews

Abisola O ,

Fantastic book

This book kept me captivated for hours!

Rudy_st.rose ,

Half of a yellow sun

This book was tragic, sad, and the fact that it was based on true events made it all the more somber. It was so well written that I felt, to say the least that I was going through the pain and emotions that they were all going through. Alas we take life and living for granted; We forget easily, and languish in our excesses. This book took me through an experience, a journey that I cannot and will not forget.

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