Title Profile & Character Information

Americanah

Annotation

One of The New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year

LONGLISTED 2015 - International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a dazzling new novel: a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home.
As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu--beautiful, self-assured--departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze--the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor--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.
Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion--for their homeland and for each other--they will face the toughest decisions of their lives.
Fearless, gripping, at once darkly funny and tender, spanning three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a richly told story set in today's globalized world: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's most powerful and astonishing novel yet.



Awards
2013  National Book Critics Circle Awards
2014  American Library Association Notable Books

Characters
NameIfemelu
GenderFemale
OccupationWriter
TraitsNigerian
American

NameObinze
GenderMale
TraitsNigerian
Wealthy

GenreFiction
Sociological
Multicultural
Love story
TopicsLove
Africa
Racism
Race relations
Reunited lovers
Rekindled love
Blogs
Immigrants
American culture
Class conflict
Identity
Self-discovery
First loves
African women
SettingNigeria
New Jersey
London, England
England