Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“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.”

Let me start by saying this is a good book..But this is a good book that I did not “love” in its entirety. There were parts that I loved and it even provided me with one of the best quotes about grief I have ever come across:

I never thought that she would die until she died. He had discovered that grief did not dim with time; it was instead a volatile state of being. Sometimes the pain was as abrupt as it was on the day her house help called him sobbing to say she was lying unbreathing on her bed; other times, he forgot that she had died and would make cursory plans about flying to the east to see her.”

If you have ever experienced the death of someone in your immediately family or someone that you are extremely close to….this quote describes grief perfectly. Last year I lost my big sister and my experience of grief has been summed up perfectly in that quote. Sometimes it’s presence weighs so heavily on my heart in an almost suffocating manner…and other days I almost forget that she has even passed…picking up my phone to call her or text only to soon realize the inevitable.

Back to Americanah. The book itself is quite lengthy and it skips back and forth between current times and the past and back again. At points it was hard for me to keep up. Regardless…I would have read 23948 page novel just to come across that quote about grief!

GoodReads Rating: 4.3

Page Count: 608

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