At its core, AMERICANAH is a love story, but for me this was the least interesting aspect of this overly ambitious novel. Rather what caught my attention was the author’s keen observations on a myriad of issues, including: race, class, gender, culture, immigration/ emigration, the role of technology (cellphones, computers, blogging) in human interactions as well as, the politics of natural kinky hair. In this current era of “Black Lives Matter”, this book raised my awareness of what it’s like to be black on a daily basis in America, and reminded me that despite the progress that has been made in electing the first Black-American President, inequalities and prejudices persist.

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