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By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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

Winner of the nationwide ebook Critics Circle Award for Fiction

An NPR "Great Reads" publication, a Chicago Tribune top booklet, a Washington publish Notable ebook, a Seattle occasions Best ebook, an Entertainment Weekly most sensible Fiction publication, a Newsday Top 10 e-book, and a Goodreads Best of the yr pick.

A strong, delicate tale of race and id by way 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 United States, the place regardless of her educational good fortune, she is compelled 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 United States closed to him, he in its place 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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