Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • Release Date: 2013-05-14
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
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The bestselling novel—a love story of race and identity—from the award-winning author of We Should All Be Feminists and Dear Ijeawele.

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

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 be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland. 


  • Great read

    By SenzoTheFundi
    Perfectly written book about the depth of Maintaining your true identity...
  • Great read

    By HKwemz
    This book takes the reader on a ride around the world, to distant places and times while endearing the reader to the characters and jolting him or her with the uncomfortable subjects of race, politics and culture. The conversations on race offer not just differing perspectives on the subject but exposes the deep unearthed complexities society has been unwilling to confront. Maybe we are all cowards!
  • Imprisoned by brilliance...deflated by longing

    By Bit o' Scam
    I was simply entranced by the brilliance of this story. I fell in love. The endearing honesty and the openness of black culture from an African perspective was exhilarating. I always wondered the thoughts of Black Africans as Americans (for whatever length of time), and now I have some idea. As a AA woman I have long felt a sense of distance and resentment when encountering our parallels. I never quite grasped why. This story and the transparency, in spite of how maddening and difficult it was to internalize, helped my process of that. Item and Obinze's love was relatable on so many levels. However, I was left wanting more "drama" at the story's end. It felt to me a hard period at the end instead of a well-planned climax. Thank you for this work.
  • Americanah

    By Munisah Brown
    I almost could not put down 📖Americanah by Chimamanda. I spent many hours burning the midnight oil and even closed my door at work a few times at my lunch hour. It's a book about race and culture in America and abroad, intertwined in a love story-but certainly not a romance novel by any means. It's deeply textured, thought provoking and beautifully written. You won't be disappointed.
  • Best book ever!

    By @omg-cookie
    One of the best books i've ever read!
  • I need a sequel...

    By ElZedEm
    What an amazing read! I could not put this book down. As a NAB I could identify with every words. And every word drew me in. Demanded I reach more. Brilliantly written. Rich. Descriptive. Believable storyline. I'll be reading this again, for sure! It inspired me to write.
  • Multi-layered and powerful experience

    By Lady Sparhawk
    Americanah starts strong and gets even better as it goes along. Beautifully written. Deep insights, depth we white folks cannot plunge unguide. The range of issues: race, racism, American black experience, non-American black experience, legal and illegal immigrant experience, ex-patriot experience after Americanization, women's experiences by each group, extraordinary-by-any-standard 'nouveau riches' in newly 'developing countries', in this case Nigeria, true poverty, relationships in each of the above categories, and so much more. It is a powerful experience.
  • Loved it!

    By Taks TK
    I can relate even though I did not come here without papers. Just the immigrant experienced and reading this. It was funny, sad, and extremely well written. I was blown away by a book that speaks about another voice and encourages me that there will be mroe books to represent all people and not just the majority. The danger of a single story said Chimamanda. I’m a huge fan and I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
  • Do not miss out on this book

    By Kcervan
    Wow, so beautifully written. At no point in this book did I want it to be over. The view on various cultures is intriguing yet guides you to think about your views in various ways. The perfection of all the story lines coming together deeply immerses you. The characters are complex and unique. I loved it.
  • Interesting

    By An annoyed squid
    Interesting perspective on race from a non American black. Painted an in depth look at life in Nigeria. Very long. Lost interest in some of the characters but overall a good read.