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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah Wins 2013 Heartland Prize for Fiction

Monday 29 July 2013

I have read and finished Americanah. Still holding myself from starting it all over again. I so love this book. It is a wonderfully written, oft humorous, very perceptive book about race, love, the immigrant experience (particularly so for the African immigrant to the US and the UK). It is about the politics of black hair and of being black in America! It is also about the ""ominous legacy of choicelessness available" to many African immigrants who emigrate to "greener pastures" and some of the the trajectories that the choices made in the face of choicelessness take. I could relate so much to the characters. It deserves to win this award and many more that I am sure will come. Definitely a great summer read. Something to read each year. 

http://bookslive.co.za/blog/2013/07/18/chimamanda-ngozi-adichies-americanah-wins-2013-chicago-tribune-heartland-prize-for-fiction/

When I finished reading it, I checked my local library system just out of curiosity. In June, the Toronto Public Library system had 70 copies of the book with over 500 holds on it. I just checked again and they have now added 60 more copies of the book to the system. With 130 copies available, and there are 400 people waiting to read it!! Indeed Adichie is the Achebe of our time! 

Kind regards
Lilian 

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