If you have not read Purple Hibiscus and Half of A Yellow Sun you really shouldn't be reading this. But if you have, what you need to be doing as soon as you are done reading this is to pre-order Adichie's new book 'Americanah' due out this spring. The book tells the story of Ifemelu, a young Nigerian lady who leaves Nigeria to study in the United States in the wake of military dictatorship in her home country, telling a tale mostly of love, but also of race, culture and immigration and the issues that a lot of us Nigerians living away from home can relate to including yes, wait for it...hair!
I really can't wait for this one! Below is a synopsis:
As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing 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. Fifteen 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, spanning three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a richly told story of love and expectation set in today's globalized world.
I fell in love with Adichie in her first two books, looks like this third novel will have me head over heels in love! Look out for a review of the book on this blog as soon as it hits the shelves.
Read the official interview at The Guardian website
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