Americanah (MP3 CD)
Ifemelu and Obinze have been inseparable since they were teenagers and assume that they will always be together. But Ifemelu gets a visa to attend college in the U.S., and Obinze doesn't. After she has a traumatic experience, Ifemelu distances herself from Obinze, first dating a wealthy, white man and then an American black college professor. These distinctions are important because Ifem starts a blog from the perspective of a non-American black person. She observes Americans' unspoken caste system of discrimination as well as American blacks' prejudice against others with darker skin.
Eventually feeling a deep homesickness, Ifemelu returns to Nigeria and meets again with Obinze, who is now a wealthy, married man. She also begins to blog about Nigerians, noting the ways they have advanced and the ways they have stayed the same. Adiche has a brilliant eye for truth, whether it is about people's biases and conceits or about the hair treatment alternatives for women with "kinky" hair.— Cynthia
One of The New York Times's Ten Best Books of the Year
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
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As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes 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, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?