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When the novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie moved from Nigeria to the United States for college, she was suddenly confronted with the idea of what it meant to be a person of color in America. Her new novel explores issues of race in contemporary America.
For readers in search of tales that step outside familiar viewpoints, these authors unravel conflict, religion, race and love — from new and different angles. In these novels, a child from the slums, an executed zealot, a reluctant immigrant, a guilty survivor and a suffering mother take center stage.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's latest, Americanah, follows the trials and tribulations of Ifemelu, a middle-class Nigerian immigrant to America. Reviewer Jennifer Reese calls Americanah a "rich and gloriously detailed tapestry ... hung on the sturdy scaffolding of a sweet love story."
The new book from Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a knockout of a novel about immigration that transcends genre. It's everything from a coming-of-age novel to a romance to a comic novel of social manners to an up-to-the-minute meditation on race.
Chimamanda Adichie's Americanah is about a young Nigerian woman who moves to the U.S. It's a story of relocation, far-flung love and life as an outsider. But reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says that despite the author's talent, much of the storytelling feels flat.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's latest book tells the story of Ifemelu and Obinze, who fall in love as students in Nigeria but soon emigrate to different countries: Ifemelu to America and Obinze to England. Adichie tells NPR's Scott Simon that Ifemelu's discovery of racial identity mirrors her own.
No, she's not Jamaican and she doesn't care if you like elephants. Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers up condensed tales of immigrant life in America. The Nigerian writer pulls back the layers of how we perceive "the other."
When Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie came to the U.S. for college, she found her roommates didn't know much about Africa. So she gave them a collection of beautiful, complex Ghanaian stories called No Sweetness Here.
She wasn't born when civil war broke out in her native Nigeria. But Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — now 29 — flawlessly chronicles the Ibo people's efforts to create the short-lived nation of Biafra in her novel Half of a Yellow Sun.