Adichie had been on my radar ever since she dropped that amazing TED talk about why everybody should be feminists. I was fascinated by her, and her strength, and her voice; and on the day of my final exam as an undergraduate, a dear friend of mine bought Americanah to me as a symbol of a woman who was unafraid to speak. Flitting between the dusty heat of Nigeria, and the air-conditioned salons of America, this is a book about tensions and dichotomies. A tale of romance, race and relationships, Adiche weaves magic into her words creating the vibrant worlds of Africa and America with vivid language. “Why did people ask ‘What is it about?’ as if a novel had to be about only one thing?”, Ifemelu, the heroine, asks. Americanah is unapologetically about so many things; a hybrid of cultures and voices that will transport you across continents in a single sentence.
Set across Lagos, Nigeria; various places on the USA’s East Coast; and London, England.
Recommended by @charchorley.
Buy the book here.