Farafina is proud to announce the Nigerian
edition of AMERICANAH, the highly anticipated novel by award-winning author
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Release date is April 21, 2013 in Lagos. In the
months following the release, the author will go on a national book tour with
stops in major cities across Nigeria.
ABOUT THE BOOK AMERICANAH is a fearless novel set in Nigeria,
England and America. It boldly takes on issues both big and small: love,
race, home, hair, Obama, immigration, and self-invention. In the early 1990s,
under Abacha’s government, Ifemelu and Obinze
fall in love. People are leaving the country if they can and Ifemelu leaves for
America, where alongside defeats and triumphs, she confronts the inevitable
question of race. Obinze, unable to join her in America, goes on to live as an
illegal immigrant in London.After
several years they have both achieved success -- Ifemelu as a popular blogger
about race, and Obinze as a wealthy man in the now democratic Nigeria.When Ifemelu decides to return to Nigeria, she and
Obinze must both make the biggest decision of their lives.
“Fearless. A towering
achievement...From the place of Africans in the race politics in America, to
love across continents, AMERICANAH dares to bring us a world of a confident and
self-made woman making her way in these complicated times. This is the Africa
of our future. Sublime,
powerful and the most
political of Chimamanda's novels. She continues to blaze the way forward.” -Binyavanga Wainaina, Caine Prize winner and author of "One Day I Will Write About This Place".
is a word-by-word virtuoso with a sure grasp of social conundrums in Nigeria,
East Coast America, and England; an omnivorous eye for resonant detail; a gift
for authentic characters; pyrotechnic wit; and deep humanitarianism. AMERICANAH
is a courageous, world-class novel about independence, integrity, community,
and love—and what it takes to become a ‘full human being.’” - Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association
"As she did so masterfully with Half of a
Yellow Sun, Adichie paints on a grand canvas, boldly and confidently…This is a
very funny, very warm and moving intergenerational epic that confirms Adiche’s
virtuosity, boundless empathy and searing social acuity." - Dave Eggers, Pulitzer prize finalist, and author of "What Is The What".
“Adichie’s great gift is that she has always brought us into the
territory of the previously unexplored. She writes about that which others have
kept silent. AMERICANAH is no exception. This is not just a story that
unfolds across three different continents, it is also a keenly observed
examination of race, identity and belonging in the global landscapes of
Africans and Americans.” - Colum McCann, IMPAC award winner and author of "Let The Great World Spin".
AMERICANAH can be pre-ordered by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org,
calling +2348077364217 or tweeting us: @farafinabooks
Price: Hardback N5000, Paperback N2500.
Upon release, AMERICANAH will be available in
all major bookstores across the country.
Details of national book tour will be announced
I began reading Achebe when I was a child. Long before I had any idea who he really was and what he represents to Nigerians and readers worldwide. We had this old carton box filled with children's books including my first Achebe books, "The Drum" and "The Flute", both of which I read many times over. Chinua Achebe is inspiring. He's incomparable. A true master of his craft. [Photo: Frank May/AFP/Getty Images]
For a long time back when I was younger I'm embarrassed to admit that I assumed this author was a woman. I never bothered to check. Sheldon's books and it's strong female protagonists were just soo good it never crossed my mind that a man could write it. When I did discover Sidney was a "he" it made me an even bigger fan. Sheldon's witty, strong willed, smart heroines are an engaging read. His death is a huge loss. [Photo: Tim Boyle/Getty Images]
Joanne Kathleen Rowling
I can't even explain how much the Harry Potter series mean to me. Anyone who knows me has heard me gush about Rowling's Harry Potter books over and over and over again. I don't think she gets enough credit for what she has done for literature or for the mind-blowing talent it takes to create an entirely different world. The Harry Potter books were my first literary obsession. [Photo: Scholastic]
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I still have the newspaper clippings from the July 11, 2004 Sunday Edition of the Nigerian Guardian that I cut out when I first saw Adichie's interview for her debut novel "Purple Hibiscus". I finally got to read "Purple Hibiscus" in 2007 and I finished reading it on the University of Nigeria Shuttle bus headed back to the Nsukka campus from Enugu. I sat in that bus quietly after I had finished reading it, deeply moved by everything I had read and in awe of Adichie. In 2008, my friends (Onyeka Nwelue & Eromo Egbejule) and I walked around the University of Nigeria Nsukka campus searching for the house she and Chinua Achebe once lived in. We found it and we all wrote about our experience individually (for my version of the trip search this blog for "305 Marguerite Cartwright Avenue, University of Nigeria Nsukka"). Adichie represents many things to me. She's incredibly gifted and tremendously inspiring. I could go on and on about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I'm a really big fan. [Photo: Kachifo Limited]
I was born in Lagos, Nigeria in the late 1980's. I've been passionate about books since I was a kid and later on I became equally passionate about writing my own stories. Incessant Scribble is an African literary blog I created in March 2008. It's where I review African literature, interview African authors and share my own short stories and writings.
I immigrated to America in March 2009 and bagged my Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Texas A&M in May 2016. I've got two more years before I turn thirty. Two more years to try and accomplish the literary goals I've always hoped would be checked off by that time.
"Also, [Nigerians] have a different mentality. Once someone deviates from the 'Go to School - Get a Job - Get a Family' model, he is seen as a delusional fool who is certain to fail and is discouraged at every turn. How is one supposed to make art under such conditions?" - Onyeka Nwelue
"I don't speak to provoke. I speak because I think our time on earth is short and each moment that we are not our truest selves, each moment we pretend to be what we are not, each moment we say what we do not mean because we imagine that is what somebody wants us to say, then we are wasting our time on earth." - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
"It is precisely because there are so few novels by African writers in global circulation that we ask those novels to do too much. No one novelist can bear the burden of representing a continent and no one novel should have to." - Taiye Selasi