Chimamanda Adichie’s New Novel Drops in May 2013

by Stacia L. Brown

If you’re at all familiar with Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, you know that her books are gems that lend themselves to frequent rereading and — if the upcoming film based on her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, is any indication — to media adaptation. Her latest, Americanah, will be no exception. At its center is the love story of Ifemelu and Obinze, teenagers who meet at a Lagos school and are eventually separated by military conflict and personal ambition. They reunite fifteen years later to find themselves faced with greater challenges than they could’ve imagined.

According to Shadow and Act, “the term ‘Americanah’ is a derogatory word used in Nigeria to label other Nigerias who have become too *Americanized.*” Since Ifemelu spends a good deal of the novel in America, pursuing her studies and a post-grad career as a writer, we can imagine the term is one that will be leveled at her. Obinze is disallowed entry into the U.S. after 9/11.

Avid Adichie fans like myself will be thrilled to know that the wait for this book won’t be too long. The 352-page hardcover will be published by Knopf on May 14, 2013, and Amazon already has it available for pre-order.

In the meantime, re-watch the writer’s brilliant TED talk on the Dangers of a Single Story:

Are you looking forward to Americanah? Have you read Chimamanda Adichie’s other books, Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, and The Thing Around Your Neck?

  • cabugs

    Sounds great! I have added it to my wishlist. I remember watching this Ted Talk in class and just being in awe. She said everything I’ve always wanted to say to people who spew ignorance about Africa and Africans. Anyway, really excited for the release of the book!

  • lol

    love her work so i’m looking forward to reading it!

  • Dalili

    I absolutely love Ms. Adichie’s work, she truly has a way with words. I’ve read both Purple Hibiscus and Half Of A Yellow Sun and can’t wait for Shadow and Act.

    P.S: Welcome back @ Stacia Brown, good to see you around these parts. :-)

  • JN

    As a Nigerian-American, I can’t wait to read it!

  • Bosslady

    She is one of my fav authors – LOVE HER!

    Dalili, you should also read her collection of short stories called The Thing Around my Neck.

  • Dalili

    I think I will! :-) Thank you!

  • Downsouth Transplant

    Since, my love turned me to this writer with the words “she is your sister from 9ija’ after him gifting me her books, i was & still amazed, can’t wait.

  • Kacey

    Yay!!!! *happy dance*

    I’ve read all her novels and have been eagerly awaiting her next.

  • kc

    Her TED talk has long been a favorite of mine. Yay!

  • Peace

    I literally SCREAMED when I saw this. Adicihie’s books are the most beautiful I’ve ever read. “Things Around Your Neck” and of course “Half of a Yellow Sun” are so amazing! I can’t wait for the next one.

  • Sue

    I am definitely looking forward to this!! I read her collection of short stories and Purple Hibiscus. I’m yet to finish Half of a Yellow Sun. The new one sounds interesting

  • shetraces

    She’s beautiful! Can’t wait to read her works, they’ve been on my To Read list for a while.

  • Anthony

    This book sounds like something to check out when I have time. I’m looking forward to it.

  • Anthony

    I’m going to be irrelevant again and say that Ms. Adichie is drop dead gorgeous! As much as I am impressed with her obvious intelligence in the video clip, the regular guy in me can’t help but notice just how pretty she is! She has a wonderful natural look.

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