Future Release: Americanah

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It's no secret, I am a Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie fan. So imagine my excitement at discovering she is going to be releasing a new book in the near future. The scheduled release date is May 2013 - so so far away (although I have seen some places say 2012). I'm really hoping it's 2012 but till then, here's a synopsis of Americanah. I can't wait!!!

'Americanah' is the irreverent term used in Nigeria for people who have become Americanized, who go to America and return with a different accent and a different taste in food and an exaggerated sense of superiority.

As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze 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.

Thirteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a blogger. But after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

Fearless, gripping, spanning three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a richly told story of love and expectation set in today’s globalized world.

                                                        - Updated synopsis from Harper Collins

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  1. AHHHHH A NEW BOOK BY ADICHIE! Seriously, catching up on your site is making my day!!!!

  2. So glad it made your day :). I also went crazy when I found out she was releasing a new novel soon. I really can't wait!

  3. i want to write about chimamanda for my proposal...i just love her work

  4. I absolutely love her work too. I'm waiting in anticipation for her next novel.

  5. Thank you for posting about her upcoming book. She was my childhood bestfriend and still remains so. She is truly a remarkable writer, woman and friend and this book will be another wonderful and delicious gem! I am so happy to see that she has fans in NZ! I'm going to try to bring her down here for a book reading because I don't think she realizes that she has quite a following here-- so please keep me posted on your interest! --Ada

  6. She's so brilliant. I can't wait.

    1. I know! She's amazing. I'm looking forward to it as well, and also the adaptation of "Half of a Yellow Sun". I'm thinking of actually re-reading that just because of the movie.