Chimamanda Adichie’s AMERICANAH makes New York Times, BBC Best Book of the Year

Posted by News Express | 23 December 2013 | 9,054 times

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Internationally acclaimed Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s third novel AMERICANAH has been named one of the Top Ten Best Books of 2013 by The New York Times. The list of the ten best books is chosen by a team of editors at The New York Times, a newspaper widely regarded as the most prestigious in the world. The list, selected from thousands of books published each year, is eagerly awaited by the literary world and the wider public.

AMERICANAH, which is published in Nigeria by FARAFINA, is described as a “tender and trenchant” novel that “takes on the comedy and tragedy of American race relations.” The New York Times describes Adichie as ‘fearless,’ noting that AMERICANAH proves that “there’s nothing too humble or daunting for this fearless writer, who is so attuned to the various worlds and shifting selves we inhabit – in life and online, in love, as agents and victims of history and the heroes of our own stories.”

AMERICANAH is also number one on the BBC list of the top ten books of 2013. According to the BBC, “Chimamanda Adichie is supremely smart. With Americanah . . . she proves she is also supremely funny.”

AMERICANAH has also featured in other ‘best of 2013’ lists including the Seattle Times and The Guardian (UK). It was similarly chosen as the ‘best book of the year’ by Apple’s electronic publishing outlet iBooks.

Since she emerged on the global literary scene with her riveting debut, Purple Hibiscus, Adichie, has proved incapable of writing anything that has failed to arrest the attention of the world. Her second offering, Half of a Yellow Sun, garnered prestigious prizes around the world and the recently released motion picture version of the book has continued to wow movie audiences from Toronto to London.


Source: News Express

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