Once again, welcome Keith Francis a.k.a. “Wu Young, of Up Here On Cloud 9 to DopeReads for his review of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.
Last year, after completing Half of a Yellow Sun I realized one thing: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie can flat-out write. Adichie writes expertly layered characters that stick with the reader. Characters crafted by Adichie manage to elicit emotions, both positive and negative, that are aided by their placement in varying environments that help them push the storyline in compelling directions.
Fortunately, for the readers of her new novel, Americanah she continues this trend by pulling her readers into the world of two young Nigerians, Ifemelu (Ifem) and Obinze who fall in love as teens. It is the relationship of Ifem and Obinze that serve as the trunk of Americanah, supporting the novel and keeping is strong while themes of race, domestic Nigerian politics, class, natural hair, mental health, and desire all serve as branches that cover three continents. Continue reading
Here’s some new book realness for you: scholar and journalist Kiese Laymon, whose essays over at Gawker are insightful and refreshingly real, officially releases his debut novel today, entitled Long Division. I’ve started it, and so far I’ve LOL’d at how blunt City Coldson, the main character, can be. It’s raw in a way that I enjoy. You can cop it here. Official DopeReads review coming soon!
“Little Green is Walter Mosley’s 12th Easy Rawlins book, and reading it is a bit like watching Scandal – it’s breathless, a little far-fetched, full of strange and unexpected sex, and totally enthralling despite all that. Or maybe because of it.”
Peep the rest of my review of Walter Mosley’s new book, Little Green, over at PostBourgie.
And if you’re in the DC area and still need a Walter Mosley fix, check him out at Politics & Prose today (6/10) at 7:00 PM. Good times.
Hope y’all are doing well! I’m taking a break and will be back next week with funky fresh flyness. Currently I’m reading “Americanah” by Chimamanda Adichie, as well as trying to get smart on the Apple price fixing trial going on right now. What are you skimming over the weekend?
h/t to Mashable for the vid.
Yesssssssssssssss! Stalley and his beard are now on my writing playlist.
Happy Thursday Y’all!
I only have one question for you today:
What is your *favorite* line from a piece of fiction? The sentence that just blew you away? Let me know in the comments section
Anyway, I’ll be at the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie book event tonight at Politics and Prose. Who else is coming???
Love, love, LOVE Isabelle Allende’s work (House of the Spirits is my fave). Here’s her TED talk to get you inspired for the day. Happy Tuesday!