Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning Nigerian writer who shot to prominence with her novels, Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun, is set to release her third novel, Americanah on 14 May 2013. The novel will be published by Knopf.
Americanah, which is expected to make another publishing history, given the successes of her earlier novels, tells the story of Ifemelu, a United States- based Nigerian who is separated from her teenaged love, Obinze because he was denied a Visa. This made her truly conscious of race for the first time.
Efemelu who lived in the United States for 15 years and has become ambivalent about America finally returns home to face the shock of being addressed as Americanah- a word Nigerians use for those who have left the country for the US and become “Americanized.” Still, Ifemelu and Obinze are reunited and must see how their very different expatriate pasts affect both their relationship and their lives in a newly independent Nigeria.
Adichie’s first novel, Purple Hibiscus was released in 2003. The book received wide critical acclaim; it was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Literature in 2004 and was awarded the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book ,(2005. Her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, named after the Biafran flag, is set before and during the Biafran War. It was awarded the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction.