ISBN 9780007526024,Americanah




4th Estate

Publication Year 2013

ISBN 9780007526024

ISBN-10 0007526024


Number of Pages 400 Pages
Language (English)

Literary theory

Americanah is the fascinating story of a Nigerian woman who moves to America, and realizes that the colour of her skin has a big impact on her life there. Summary Of The Book Americanah , published in 2013, revolves around a Nigerian born woman named Ifemelu, who has been living in America for almost fifteen years. As she sits in a saloon to get her hair braided, she tells her hairdresser that she plans to return to Nigeria. The novel then starts with flashbacks of Ifemelu’s life. The protagonist lives in Nigeria, and is in a relationship with Obinze, a professor’s son. The country is under military dictatorship, and Ifemelu moves to the US for her higher studies. Obinze goes to England to seek his fortunes, and the two childhood sweethearts plan to return to Nigeria some day to be reunited. Ifemelu, now in the US, finds that she is identified as black for the first time in her life. This intelligent, smart and beautiful girl realizes that her race and accent make it hard for her to get a job. Her classmates assume that she has a better understanding of African-American struggles because of her skin colour. Obinze, now in London, starts to work illegally, and soon gets deported back to Nigeria. Both these characters experience a loss of identity and feel lonely. The protagonist eventually starts to blog about her experiences related to race. As time passes by, she gains recognition and earns a fellowship at Princeton. Obinze has now become rich, and is married to a beautiful but boring woman. Ifemelu takes the plunge and returns to her motherland. The last portions of Americanah shows her reunion with her first love. The protagonist realizes that while in America she was identified as black, in Nigeria her identity is now Americanah. Americanah is a beautifully written book with well defined characters. The tale is filled with snippets of love, pride, and struggles. About Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, born in 1977, is a Nigerian author. Her other books include Purple Hibiscus, The Thing Around Your Neck, and Half Of A Yellow Sun. The author studied medicine at the University of Nigeria, but moved to the US to complete her Bachelor's degree in communications and political science from Eastern Connecticut State University. She did her Master’s in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University in 2003. Adichie followed this up with an MA in African Studies from Yale University in 2008. The author was named one of the 20 Under 40 by The New Yorker. Adichie has also won a fellowship at Harvard University. Purple Hibiscus, her first novel, won the 2005 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book. Her next one, Half Of A Yellow Sun, was the winner of the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. She divides her time between Nigeria and the United States of America.