Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I really enjoyed this novel. It was meaty and long, without being boring or unoriginal.
There are parallel themes throughout the book; that of a great love and that of racism. It’s about a young woman in love who leaves her love, family and country to study at University in America. It chronicles the hardships of surviving in a foreign land despite being highly educated and young and capable. The story lays bare the racism towards blacks and the differences between black Africans and black African-Americans. The difference in skin tone, attitude towards race, and being a minority in America. And it gives an honest portrayal of a love tested by the span of 2 continents and almost 2 decades.
Extremely well written. Will make you ashamed to admit that you too are racist in ways that you were trying so very hard not to be. A fantastic cultural study through the eyes of an immigrant in America.