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‘A delicious, important novel’ The Times

‘Alert, alive and gripping’ Independent

‘Some novels tell a great story and others make you change the way you look at the world. Americanah does both.’ Guardian

As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Thirteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a blogger. But after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

Fearless, gripping, spanning three continents and numerous lives, the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning ‘Americanah’ is a richly told story of love and expectation set in today’s globalized world.


‘A brilliant novel: epic in scope, personal in resonance and with lots to say’ Elizabeth Day, Observer

‘A delicious, important novel from a writer with a great deal to say’ The Times

‘A brilliant exploration of being African in America … an urgent and important book, further evidence that its author is a real talent’ Sunday Telegraph

‘An extremely thoughtful, subtly provocative exploration of structural inequality, of different kinds of oppression, of gender roles, of the idea of home. Subtle, but not afraid to pull its punches’ Alex Clark, Guardian

‘A tour de force … The artistry with which Adichie keeps her story moving, while animating the complex anxieties in which the characters live and work, is hugely impressive’ Mail on Sunday

‘Adichie is terrific on human interactions … Adichie’s writing always has an elegant shimmer to it … Wise, entertaining and unendingly perceptive’ Independent on Sunday

‘Adichie paints on a grand canvas, boldly and confidently … This is a very funny, very warm and moving intergenerational epic that confirms Adiche’s virtuosity, boundless empathy and searing social acuity’ Dave Eggers

‘“An honest novel about race” … with guts and lustre … within the context of a well-crafted, compassionate, visceral and delicately funny tale of lasting high-school love and the sorrows and adventures of immigration’ Diana Evans, The Times

‘[A] long, satisfying novel of cross-continental relationships, exile and the pull of home … Adichie’s first novel for seven years and well worth the wait’ FT

‘Alert, alive and gripping’ Independent

Fiction & Literature
6 April
Fourth Estate

Customer Reviews

A. R. Gordon ,

Interesting and beautifully written

Another solid novel from Adichie, solidly cementing her place as one of the foremost contemporary African authors.

Though lacking the poetry of 'Half of a Yellow Sun', this is a thought provoking read; offering an interesting perspective on two salient political issues in both the US and UK: race and immigration respectively. The book is far from complementary on the handling of both issues.

It is also interesting to read a work of fiction centred on an immigrant character who willingly chooses to return to her native land from the US; a rarity in a sub-genre dominated all to often by gushing love letters to the adopted country.

Well worth a read, it will not disappoint!

Sabsi7 ,

Thank You!

Not for a long time have I been so touched, so immersed, so utterly smitten with the world into which a novel invited me. I will be feeling bereft without my daily visits to Ifemelu's and Obinze's lives, and while I will be looking for them in vain in the streets of Edinburgh - sadly - I will feel a little less ignorant the next time I have the pleasure of meeting someone from Nigeria. Thank you Chimamanda for the immense pleasure and the education you have given me with your novel.

skip2tight ,

A beautiful and enlightening read

What moving story. I’m indebted to the author for highlighting a part of the world I knew nothing about and at the same time doing it with such flair.


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