Readers' Review: "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Nigeria's national flag flies above a factory on Ibadan expressway September 8, 2012 in Lagos, Nigeria. - PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/GettyImages

Nigeria's national flag flies above a factory on Ibadan expressway September 8, 2012 in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Readers' Review: "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

For our next Readers' Review: A novel about a beautiful and smart Nigerian woman who leaves military-ruled Nigeria and heads for America. For the first time, she must grapple with what it means to be black. Diane Rehm and a panel of guests discuss the award-winning novel "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Ifemelu and Obinze are young college students in love when they leave military-ruled Nigeria. She heads to America on a scholarship, while he plunges into an undocumented life in London. For the first time in their lives they grapple with what it means to be black. They are the lead characters in the award-winning novel “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The book is many things: a romance, a story about immigration and a series of observations about race and what it means to be American. A readers’ review discussion of “Americanah.”

Guests

Dana Williams

professor of African American literature and chair of the English department, Howard University.

Dan Kois

editor of the Slate Book Review and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine

Dayo Olopade

journalist who writes for the Atlantic, the New Republic and the New York Times. She is a Knight Law and Media Scholar at Yale Law School, and author of "The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa."

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Excerpted from Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Copyright © 2013 by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Excerpted by permission of Anchor, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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