Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 27/02/2014
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Bookseller Reviews

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The beginning of an obsession...
I had never read any Adichie previously and picked up this book because I heard she is a bit of a personal hero of Taiye Selasi (Ghana Must Go, also a must... READ MORE
Alice Baynton at Aberystwyth
Ifemelu and Obinze are childhood sweethearts growing up in Nigeria and, like many of their friends dreaming of a bright future in America. They sepatate as... READ MORE
Claudia  Sunderhauf
The Politics of Hair
A brilliant and compulsive book, asking questions about identity and belonging set against the beautiful love story of Ifemelu and Obinze, once childhood s... READ MORE
Neill Walker@Coleraine


As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Thirteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a blogger. But after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

Fearless, gripping, spanning three continents and numerous lives, the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Americanah is a richly told story of love and expectation set in today's globalized world.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780007356348
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 350g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 31 mm

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A Wake up Call
Americanah tells the story of Ifemelu, an intelligent, strong willed, highly opinionated Nigerian who with her boyfriend, Obinze, grow up with a desire to ... READ MORE
An opportunity missed
Adichie's novel follows the fortunes of star-crossed young Nigerians as they seek to escape their sclerotic homeland via the US and Britain. Adichie can... READ MORE
Sable, caramel or hues of blue-black
What is the difference between an African-American and an American-African? Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's new novel Americanah gives you much fodder for thoug... READ MORE
Highly recommended
This is one of the best books I have read for a long time & one of the few novels I would give a 5 star rating too. This is not the sort of genre I usually... READ MORE
Bold and Beautifully Provocative in its Structure
Ifemelu and Obinze share a love that is undeniable, exciting and happens once in a lifetime, so it is with characteristic boldness that author Chimamanda N... READ MORE
Honest and human storytelling of life in the US, the UK and Nigeria each with their own social divisions based on race and class. A thoroughly enjoyable bo... READ MORE
A tale of two lives, three continents....
In brief, Americanah is the story of Ifemelu and Obinze, a middle class Nigerian girl and boy who meet as teenagers at secondary school in Lagos,but leave ... READ MORE
Kate Barr
skilful and delightful novel on racial issues
A complex novel that combines a number of topics so skillfully that it was an absolute delight to read. Although the topics are not easy and Adichie could ... READ MORE
Books and Liliane
A good Read
Ifemelu and Obinze are the two main characters in this novel and feature throughout as this story unfolds. They form a friendship which leads to love while... READ MORE
Milton of Campsie  Annie
I liked it
I liked this novel even though some part are way too long for details. Very good Author and relevant speeches while opportunity is offered.
More educational than entertaining
A young Nigerian student moves to America to complete her university education, and experiences a serious culture shock, in particular in relation to her e... READ MORE
What a wonderful read
This book has to be one of the best that I have read. It is a book that I will return to many times. If you only read one book this year - this should ... READ MORE
A little too long?
There is much to enjoy and admire in this book. Some very rich insights and well-written and evocative portrayals of social events and occasions in Nigeria... READ MORE
Alun Morgan
I am completely obsessed with this book. I was thinking about the characters when I wasn’t reading and genuinely felt a loss when it was finished! Ever... READ MORE
Jessica Brooke
The greatest love story I have ever read
Americanah was my favourite book of 2019, so much so that I’m still suffering from a book hangover, and I suspect that it will be a long while before I dis... READ MORE
Sophia Ismaa
I absolutely loved this book. I am so glad I read it. Beautifully written, an excellent story, eye-opening and with compelling characters. I think this is ... READ MORE
Claire Lucas
Absolutely astounding
The best novel I have read in years. I had high hopes after reading good things online but it surpassed all my expectations. Sublime, beautiful writing. Th... READ MORE
Josie Allen
Cannot Recommend Highly Enough
This is a book I didn’t want to end . I still sometimes wonder how Ifemulu and Obinze are getting on and recommend their story to anyone who’ll listen .
Zoe Rawlings
Compelling and real modern love story
First and foremost, Adichie's writing style is absolutely impeccable. The characters evoke such deep realism in their thoughts and feelings, and I often fo... READ MORE
Emily Witty