“Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi

chinuaIn the novel “Americanah” author Chimanda Ngozi Adichie compares racial hierarchies in the US to social strivings in her native Nigeria. This prize winning young author spins a yarn with ruthless honesty about the ugly and beautiful sides of both her native and new nations.

In lead character Ifemelu’s job at a NE hair braiding salon she hears and absorbs observations of racism in the US and uses the modern method of blogging to share these with a growing number of followers. Her subsequent success complicates her already fragile life. Especially insightful is her coverage of how African-Americans are treated  as compared to African living in America. 

This is a  well written and compelling read about an ambitious single woman who struggles to build a new life around the shell of her former self.

-Bonnie B

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