I have a book club meeting tomorrow night, and I’m madly trying to finish our book (why do I always do this to myself?). We’re reading Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (whose powerful speech called “We Should All Be Feminists” is sampled by Beyonce in her song Flawless) and I love it. The book was on a zillion best of the year lists at the end of 2013, and I’ve wanted to read it for some time. So I was thrilled when the book club picked it.
Americanahis about Ifemelu and Obinze, two young Nigerians who are in love and have big plans for their future. Ifemelu heads to America, where she experiences highs and lows (and starts a blog) and learns about what it means to be black in America. Obinze had hoped to come to America as well, but in the aftermath of 9/11, can’t follow her and heads down a different path.
Adichie’s writing is remarkable, and the insights about both Nigeria and America are incredibly astute and arresting. I am loving every page of it. And hope I get to the last one before our meeting!