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By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

One of The New York Times's Ten most sensible Books of the Year

Winner of the nationwide booklet Critics Circle Award for Fiction

An NPR "Great Reads" publication, a Chicago Tribune top publication, a Washington put up Notable e-book, a Seattle occasions Best booklet, an Entertainment Weekly best Fiction e-book, a Newsday Top 10 publication, and a Goodreads Best of the 12 months pick.

A strong, soft tale of race and id by means of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning writer of Half of a Yellow Sun.

Ifemelu and Obinze are younger and in love after they leave military-ruled Nigeria for the West. attractive, confident Ifemelu heads for the USA, the place regardless of her educational luck, she is pressured to grapple with what it skill to be black for the 1st time. Quiet, considerate Obinze had was hoping to affix her, yet with post-9/11 the USA closed to him, he as a substitute plunges right into a harmful, undocumented lifestyles in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for one another and for his or her homeland. 

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