Americanah (Large Print / Hardcover)
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