I enjoyed Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It’s smart, engaging and contemporary. Adichie introduces readers to Ifemelu, a Nigerian who moves to the United States for college and eventually moves back to Nigeria for love and other things. Her high school love Obinze is in that “love “category even though he is married with children.
Adichie tells the story in third person limited omniscient, toggling between Ifemelu and Obinze. She tackles a lot of issues and perhaps most prominently, the perspective of an African immigrant in the extremely racialized US society. Ifemelu learns what it means to be “black” and what American blacks and Africans think the difference is between them. There’s funny stuff, serious stuff, thought provoking stuff and stuff that will seem like a mirror for you.
The novel offers a complicated love story and a very fleshed out central character in Ifemelu. I found myself staying up late just to read what happens next, which is a clear indication of a good book.
I definitely recommend Americanah for book clubs, contemporary novel courses and just general pleasure. You’ll be invested in the characters. I’m looking forward to Adichie’s future work.