Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • Release Date: 2013-04-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 174 Ratings
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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

About the author

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977. Her first novel ‘Purple Hibiscus’ was published in 2003 and was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Her second novel ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ won the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her short story collection, ‘The Thing Around Your Neck’, was published to critical acclaim in 2009. Her work has been selected by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and the BBC Short Story Awards, has appeared in various literary publications, including Zoetrope and The Iowa Review. She won a MacArthur ‘genius’ grant in 2009, and in 2010 appeared on the New Yorker’s list of the best 20 writers under 40. Her third novel, ‘Americanah’, was published to widespread critical acclaim in 2013. She lives in Nigeria.


  • Fun and so much reality

    By Santimantha
    This book is full of reality that I felt too close of it. I have so much laugh on some pages of the big books. Unfortunately, some of them are so true that it breaks my heart.
  • Americanah

    By Anskey
    I began to read with interest and enjoyment and this continued in the main for a large part of the book. However, I found the continued "blog" references dwelled on too much introspection and the thrust of the story suffered as a result. As the story continued I lost empathy for the main character as she displayed little loyalty or consideration for the men in her life. Then the ending was tied up too abruptly with the "love of her life" leaving his loyal wife with little consideration for her feelings. It seemed at that point that they deserved each other. I loved Purple Hibiscus and Half a Yellow Sun was excellent but Americanah, I feel, is not in the same league.
  • Americanah

    This is a truly beautiful love story told so eloquently. It's honest, the language so vivid that it doesn't feel like fiction. Have read it twice now and will be going back to it again and again.
  • Vivid and compelling story telling

    By ClodBo
    From page one, it's been impossible to put down a book so richly and vividly written. With it, reading took on it's full meaning: an empowering tool for knowledge and understanding, that's supposed to transcend our current realities (culture, places, races, environment, social bearings, life circumstances, etc.). I know the movie won't be half this good, but I'm still looking forward to it. Ps.: I've also decided to discover Graham Greene.
  • Brilliant!!!

    By Suzypretty
    I enjoyed the novel. I am a Nigerian living in United Kingdom, I could really with some of theme in the is a honest novel, written from the heart of a true Nigerian writer. Thumbs up Chimamanda!
  • Interesting and beautifully written

    By A. R. Gordon
    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!
  • Enchanting

    By ms_kentaro
    I started reading this almost determined not to like it. I was afraid one of two things would happen. I'd be bored and grow disenchanted with the infallible Chimmy, or I'd be consumed with that special brand of envy you reserve for those whose talent you cannot even begin to approach. What an incredible book. Laugh out loud funny, fresh, clever and positively choking with substance.
  • Engaging!

    By tumerator
    I read this book without putting it down. A very engaging and thought provoking read.
  • Amazing

    By Anisa_MS
    The reality behind this book made it even more thought provoking than it already is. Absolutely beautifully written
  • Beautiful!

    By Dani_elak
    I enjoyed every bit of this book and felt like a part of the story. It's absolutely beautiful...