This is the love story of Ifemelu and Obinze, told over two continents and two decades. Americanah is immensely readable and it drew me in, particularly with its ability to create a vivid atmosphere. Adichie writes wonderfully about smell, taste, colour, and texture. However, one of my friends pointed out that the book isn’t emotional. I completely agree – you stay at arm’s length from the characters, perhaps because the story is told in third-person and actions rather than feelings are explored.
Gwenamon says: Very likable, but not lovable