What makes Americanah so fascinating, is not the story itself, but the thought-provoking conceptions about racism as presented from differing perspectives.
Ifemelu is a Nigerian woman who migrates to America to pursue an Ivy League education. While there, she begins a blogging about her experiences as a black African in America. She remains in America for 15 years, leaving behind, but still corresponding with Obinze, the lover she left behind in Nigeria. Eventually she returns to Africa, and Obinze (although he is married), and she observes different forms of discrimination there.
I enjoyed Adichie’s examination of discrimination and racism. This book lends itself to a much-needed dialogue about both, what they mean and where one ends and the other begins. In some ways, this book is very refreshing, because it’s gotten to the point where discussions about racism in this country aren’t conversations any more – they are lectures. Americanah is an ideal novel for book groups and I highly recommend it.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2013