Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: No. 1 on BBC's Top 10 Books of 2013
In the BBC LIST of Best of 2013: Top 10 books, they placed Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as No. 1. According to BBC Culture:
"Chimamanda Adichie is supremely smart. She has won the
Commonwealth Writers' Prize (for Purple Hibiscus), the Orange Broadband
award (for Half of a Yellow Sun), and a MacArthur 'genius' grant. With
Americanah, a star-crossed love story that spans three continents, she
proves she is also supremely funny.
Ifemelu leaves her boyfriend behind in Nigeria to study in the US.
After her initial disorienting days as an immigrant and a string of
humiliating jobs, she finds an outlet in a satiric blog. "Dear
Non-American Black, when you make the choice to come to America, you
become black," she writes. She becomes a Princeton fellow and dates a
Yale professor. After 13 years her heart brings her back to Lagos, where
she is not 'black'. She's Igbo. And Americanah.
Adichie is fearless when writing about love, hate and shades of
blackness. She tempers her directness with wry humour as she holds up a
mirror so we can see ourselves. (Knopf)".