Chimamanda’s ‘Americanah’ Listed Among 21st Century Most Remarkable Books By Women

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Chimamanda Adichie’s novel, Americanah, has been recognised as one of 15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way fiction was being written and read in the 21st century.

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The book was listed by the New York Times Staff Book Critics among fiction books, each of which features a woman at its center, to mark Women’s History Month.

According to The New York Times, on their selection process, the 15 books were fictional novels that addressed diverse issues.

The international news magazine wrote on its website ‘nytimes.com’ that the list of fiction books was compiled to mark Women’s History Month, tagging the women ‘The New Vanguard’.

The list aims “to think about these writers who are opening new realms to us, whose books suggest and embody unexplored possibilities in form, feeling and knowledge.”

For Adichie’s citation, the magazine wrote, “If you were paying attention, you might have seen this book coming.


“AMERICANAH” By Chimamanda Adichie | Awards, Quotes


Chimamanda’s 'Americanah' Listed Among 21st Century Most Remarkable Books By Women

“ “Americanah” is a resonant and fiercely intellectual novel about a Nigerian woman named Ifemelu who leaves Africa for America and suffers there.
“Before starting a blog called “Raceteenth or Various Observations About American Blacks (Those Formerly Known as Negroes) by a Non-American Black” and winning a fellowship at Princeton.

“Americanah” brings news, on many fronts, about how a new generation of immigrants is making its way in the world. It has lessons for every human about how to live,” The New York Times wrote.

NAN reports that ‘Americanah’ is a 2013 novel, for which Adichie won the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Fiction award.
It traces Ifemelu’s life in both countries, threaded by her love story with high school classmate, Obinze.

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In 2013, the book was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the year by the editors of the New York Times Book Review.
It was shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction of the United Kingdom.

The Chicago Tribune awarded Adichie its 2013 Heartland Award for Fiction, recognising Americanah as a novel that engages with important ideas about race, and does so with style, wit and insight.

In March 2017, Americanah was picked as the winner for the “One Book, One New York” program, part of a community reading initiative encouraging all city residents to read the same book.
Adichie had been featured severally in the New York Times, including being a part of the magazine’s ‘Greats’ List in 2017.

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In 2017, ‘Americanah’ won the ‘One Book, One New York’ campaign by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and BuzzFeed.

Other books that made the list include:

2. ‘The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For’ by Alison Bechdel

3. ‘Outline’ by Rachel Cusk

4. The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

5. ‘American Innovations’ by Rivka Galchen

6. ‘Asymmetry’ by Lisa Halliday

7. ‘How Should a Person Be?’ by Sheila Heti

8. ‘The Vegetarian’ by Han Kang

9. ‘The Flamethrowers’ by Rachel Kushner

10. ‘Her Body and Other Parties’ by Carmen Maria Machado

11. ‘Dept. of Speculation’ by Jenny Offill

12. ‘Homesick for Another World’ by Ottessa Moshfegh

13. ‘NW’ by Zadie Smith

14. ‘Salvage the Bones’ by Jesmyn Ward

15. ‘Mislaid’ by Nell Zink



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