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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Literary Fiction Book Review of “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“The only reason you say that race was not an issue is because you wish it was not. We all wish it was not. But it’s a lie. I came from a country where race was not an issue; I did not think of myself as black and I only became black when I came to America.”

Therein lies the crux of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s luminous third novel, Americanah, an incisive, insightful dissection of race, and transnational identity: when Ifemelu, the novel’s protagonist, left Nigeria for America, she “became black.”

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