Meet the Author:Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Meet the Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


IN THE NEWS Columbia author, winner of prestigious literary prize, to visit Howard library
IN THE NEWS Adichie’s Americanah Wins National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
IN THE NEWS MacArthur-winning author and Columbia resident writes novel about race in America

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An acclaimed, award-winning author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s dazzling new novel Americanah spans three continents with a story of love and race. It won the 2013 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction and most recently was named as a winning title on the American Library Association’s 2014 Notable Books List.

She has also written Purple Hibiscus, winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; and Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, a New York Times Notable Book, and a People and Black Issues Book Review Best Book of the Year. Adichie is also the author of the short story collection The Thing Around Your Neck.

Her work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Granta, The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Financial Times, and Zoetrope. A recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, Adichie divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

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Praise for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah

 “Adichie is an extraordinarily self-aware thinker and writer…. AMERICANAH [is] a deep-seated discussion of race [that is] also a steady-handed dissection of the universal human experience. Trenchant and hugely empathetic, both worldly and geographically precise, [it] holds the realities of our times fearlessly before us, [and] never feels false.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

“Superb . . . AMERICANAH is that rare thing in contemporary literary fiction: a lush, bighearted love story that also happens to be a piercingly
funny social critique…. Love remains the last great hope for solving America’s complicated relationship with race.”

“[A] knockout of a novel about immigration, American dreams, the power of first love, and the shifting meanings of skin color. . . . A marvel.” —NPR

“Masterful. . . . An expansive, epic love story. . . . Pulls no punches with regard to race, class and the high-risk, heart-tearing struggle for belonging in a fractured world.” —O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE

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