March 4, 2014
Pages: 588 Pages
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The story of two Nigerians making their way in the U.S. and the UK, raising universal questions of race and belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for identity and a home.
Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.
One of the most beautifully written and fabulous books I've read in a long time. The story of Ifemelu and Obinze as immigrants in the UK and US are fascinating. The criticism of all countries involved keeps this story balanced and utterly engaging. What a timely time to read this novel as systemic racism is being called out and brought to the forefront. Why do you need to travel an hour to get your hair done? Why aren't their salons specializing in black hair in more affluent areas? This book subtly points out so many things that it is almost hard to review. I can understand why my sister has read this book multiple times.
The book is beautifully written the story full of life, I honestly don't know why it has taken me so long to actually pick this up. I am in awe of this author and plan of finding more from her.
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