Occasionally, I forget why I love reading so much and my book consumption drops precipitously, until I come across a book that jolts me out of my funk. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah was one of those: it’s so immensely, transparently brilliant that I wanted to underline every other line. I ended up giving away my copy so that someone else could read it, because, really, everyone should.
Adichie is the kind of writer who forces you to look outside of yourself: observant and unsparing on race and gender, blogs and hair salons, academia and immigration. Reading her work, you feel like she might just be able to do anything. Americanah not only perfectly dissects the American conversation around race, but also portrays one of the most convincing literary love stories of all time.