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One Book One Community 2020: Americanah: About the Book

2020 Community-Wide Reading Program

About the Book

Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.


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What Did You Think?

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Yes!: 7 votes (43.75%)
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Not really: 8 votes (50%)
Total Votes: 16

Ifemelu's Blog

Explore The Small Redemptions of Lagos, Ifemelu's blog she creates after returning to Nigeria.

Reader's Guide

Click to open the PDF version of Penguin Random House's Reader's Guide!

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