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As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu, beautiful, self-assured, departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze, the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor, 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.

Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion, for their homeland and for each other, they face the toughest decisions of their lives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Trenchant and hugely empathetic, both worldly and geographically precise, it holds the realities of our times fearlessly before us, and never feels false.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Adichie’s new novel is part love story, part social critique, and one of the best you’ll read this year.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Scintillating, funny, and heartfelt.”

    Boston Globe
  • “Adichie is a writer of copious gifts—breathing life into characters whose fates absorb us.”


  • “Compelling…An illuminating portrait of a country still in political turmoil.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review), a PW Pick

  • “Witty, wry, and observant, Adichie is a marvelous storyteller who writes passionately about the difficulty of assimilation and the love that binds a man, a woman, and their homeland. Her work should be read by anyone clutching at the belief that we're living in a post-racial United States.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • Americanah is a courageous, world-class novel about independence, integrity, community, and love and what it takes to become a ‘full human being.’”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A sensitive portrayal of distant love, broken affinities, and culture clash by Nigerian novelist Adichie…A fine adult love story with locations both exotic and familiar.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Adjoa Andoh has her work cut out for her narrating the sprawling story of Nigerian college sweethearts Ifemelu and Obinze, who flee ‘choicelessness’ rather than violence. Andoh’s rich voice and distinct characters and rhythm keep the listener engrossed…Andoh seamlessly shifts accents from Nigerian to middle-class American to American African to working-class British to British African.”


  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A 2013 Entertainment Weekly Best Book in Fiction
  • A 2013 Washington Post Notable Book
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2013 New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A 2013 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year
  • A 2013 Booklist Editors’ Choice for Adult Books
  • A 2013 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year
  • A 2013 BookPage Best Book
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2013 in Fiction
  • Winner of the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
  • A 2014 Carnegie Medal for Literature Finalist in Fiction
  • A 2014 ALA Notable Book for Adult Fiction
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
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