2014-10 Book Club

What: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

New date: 22 October, 19:30 – RSVP on Meetup (optional ;))

Where: Bistro Lochergut (tram 2+3 ’Lochergut’)

We’ve read two previous novels (Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun) by the same author before in this book club and most of us liked both of them a lot, so I’d like to propose her latest book for reading here.

From the Guardian review: There are some novels that tell a great story and others that make you change the way you look at the world. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah is a book that manages to do both. It is ostensibly a love story – the tale of childhood sweethearts at school in Nigeria whose lives take different paths when they seek their fortunes in America and England – but it is also a brilliant dissection of modern attitudes to race, spanning three continents and touching on issues of identity, loss and loneliness. This is Adichie’s third and most ambitious novel – her first, Purple Hibiscus, was longlisted for the Booker prize and her second, Half a Yellow Sun, won the Orange prize. A highly acclaimed 2009 collection of short stories, The Thing Around Your Neck, cemented her position as one of the most promising African writers of her generation.

First suggested: June 2014

Supporter(s): Uli, Jessy, Richie, Nicole, Nela

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