This amazing piece of art is a novel, pubished in 2013. It is the author’s third novel. Adichie wrote several essays such as « We should all be feminist » and « a feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions ».You actually may know her voice really well, as Beyonce used one part of her TED talk on feminism in her song « Flawless ».
In this novel, you follow Ifemelu, a young Nigerian woman who immigrates to the United States to attend university. At the same time, you follow Obinze, her ex lover, who stayed in Nigeria and married a traditional woman, who cares more « « about the consistency of their domestic life ».
This book portraits the reality of an African woman in the USA. The discrimination she faces, her relationships, her own preconceived ideas, her desillusions, her growth. I loved the rythm of the book, Adichie makes you feel very intimate with the different caracters.
It is a ode to blackness identity, and a rich exploration on race, immigration, gender and love.
So what is Americanah ? In Nigerian parlance, « Americanah » refers to a person who stayed and lived in America. Adichie defines it as
« any of those who have been to the US and returned to Nigeria with American affectations : pretend not to understand their mother tongues any longer ; refuse to eat Nigerian food or make constant reference to their life in America. »
This book was selected bu the New York Times as one of the «10 best books of 2013 ».
Thank you Chimamanda for this beautiful inspiring work of art !
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