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November Book Group: Americanah

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 18:15
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by Chimananda Ngozi AdichieAMERICANAH COVER

NOVEMBER 5, 2016

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.


"From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a dazzling new novel: a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home.

As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu—beautiful, self-assured—departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze—the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor—had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion—for their homeland and for each other—they will face the toughest decisions of their lives.

Fearless, gripping, at once darkly funny and tender, spanning three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a richly told story set in today’s globalized world: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s most powerful and astonishing novel yet." - from Goodreads


The Art Access Book Group has investigated how and why people with disabilities, and other underrepresented populations, have been depicted in literary texts and considers the historical, social, and cultural impact of these depictions. Selected texts coincide with annual themes explored in other Art Access programs.

The Art Access Book Group meets at Art Access, 230 South 500 West, Suite 110. Sessions are FREE and open to the public, but are limited to 18 registered participants in each session. The group is facilitated by Susan Anderson, literary scholar and consultant for Art Access.

A few copies of each book are available from Art Access and may be borrowed for a limited time. Personal copies also maybe purchased by participants or borrowed from local libraries. If you have questions about accessing texts, please contact Elise Butterfield at .

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