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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