2013 - Americanah
I’ve known for a while that I have a “fixator” personality. I get entrenched in a new idea, project, or hobby, and drop the ball on other commitments. Fortunately my midwestern work ethic means this has never affected me professionally, but it shakes things up in my free time quite often.
All that to say, I’m back! (D&D group, you’re next.) I actually did all of the reading according to my original schedule, I just didn’t feel like writing about it (sorry!).
So let’s dive in. Americanah is the story of disunity between a couple, between cultures, between races, and between politics. And while the tension of disunity drives the plot, the beauty of this book, and of the American idea, if I may be so bold, is the realization that all of these differences are constructed and none of them are insurmountable. We follow two Nigerians in their international pursuit of happiness over the course of many years. Their stories pull apart and come together again while the reader contemplates love, friendship, separation, belonging, and so much more. This is a Deep book (note the capital D) that will stay with you for a long time.
If you’re interested in reading other books with big ideas on a global scale, I recommend:
1. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
2. White Dog Fell From the Sky by Eleanor Lincoln Morse
3. Honor by Elif Shafak
Keep turning the page,