Chimamanda Adichie: My New Author Crush

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie & Ms. Meltingpot. BFFs forever!
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie & Ms. Meltingpot. BFFs forever!

Hi Meltingpot Readers,

If you follow me on twitter, then you know I’ve been gushing about my new author crush, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I even love the lyrical sound of her name. I just finished reading her brand spanking new novel, Americanah and then had the pleasure of introducing her when she came to speak to a packed house at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

The book is so good. I mean, it’s really good. But it’s not just any old good book. It’s meltingpot made in heaven. Americanah is a love story, but it’s also an exploration of race and culture in the United States and abroad. The characters are original and unique and yet comfortably familiar. The setting hops from East Coast United States to Lagos, Nigeria to London. The writing is sharp and funny and incredibly insightful. And the best part is, the book pays a lot of attention to Black hair politics, both here and in Nigeria.  Did I mention I loved this book? All 477 pages of it.

If you generally enjoy the books I recommend here on the Meltingpot, then I guarantee you’ll enjoy Americanah. But if you’d like a more nuanced and critical review, check The Guardian or NPR.

Me, I’m now going back and reading Adichie’s earlier works, starting with her award-winning short story collection, The Thing Around Your Neck. Oh, how I love falling in love with the written word.

Are any of you Adichie fans? What’s your favorite book? Have you watched her TED talk about the Danger of a Single Story? It’s just one more reason why I think she’s marvelous.

That is all.


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4 Thoughts to “Chimamanda Adichie: My New Author Crush”

  1. a

    I love african literature i will hopefully b reading noviolent bulawayos we need new names

  2. a

    Yes what did you think of the main characters view of african/black americans it clearly displays the tensions no?

  3. Cyretha

    Yes, I am a fan and looking forward to reading her new book. I have not read the short stories, but I adored “Half of a Yellow Sun”. Boy did I learn a lot from that book. And yes, I have seen her TED Talk. I loved the part about her roommate’s questions concerning what music she listened to and how well she spoke English. Some people really do live in the dark. LOL!!!! I will be downloading “Americanah” soon.

    1. Ms. Meltingpot

      As we agree on so much, I’m sure you will enjoy Americanah. Let me know what you think.

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