Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, a novel about race and identity by the acclaimed Nigerian author, has won the National Book Critics Circle prize for fiction.
Adichie, whose other works include “Half of a Yellow Sun,” was chosen over “The Goldfinch” author Donna Tartt and three other finalists.
Americanah is the story of a Nigerian blogger who returns to her home country from the US to meet the man who was her childhood sweetheart received praises from around the world; the Guardian called it “impressive [and] subtle, but not afraid to pull its punches”; the Telegraph said it was “a brilliant exploration of being African in America”.
Other winners included Sheri Fink’s book on Hurricane Katrina, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death In a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, won for non-fiction. The biography winner was Leo Damrosch’s Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World and Amy Wilentz’s Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti received the autobiography prize.
Other winners at Thursday’s ceremony in Manhattan included Frank Bidart’s Metaphysical Dog for poetry and Franco Moretti’s Distant Reading for criticism, with books by Jonathan Franzen and Janet Malcolm among the other nominees.