AmericanahBook - 2013
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BostonPL_EileenS Feb 07, 2020
Fiction. Discussed August 18.
BostonPL_ReadersAdvisory Mar 24, 2018
Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Ifemelu must learn what it means to be black for the first time while Obinze discovers that post 9/11 America is closed to him.
Separated by differing ambitions after falling in love in occupied Nigeria, beautiful Ifemelu experiences triumph and defeat in America, while Obinze endures an undocumented status in London until the pair is reunited in their homeland fifteen years later.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was awarded the PEN Pinter Prize in 2018. / 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... Read More »
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They would not understand why people like him, who were raised well fed and watered but mired in dissatisfaction, conditioned from birth to look towards somewhere else, eternally convinced that real lives happened in that somewhere else, were now resolved to dangerous things, illegal things, so as to leave, none of them starving, or raped, or from burned villages, but merely hungry for choice and certainty.
"...he lived in London indeed but invisibly, his existence like an erased pencil sketch..."
"She liked that he wore their relationship so boldly, like a brightly colored shirt."
“That her relationship with him was like being content in a house but always sitting by the window and looking out”
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