Is Americanah a Great Novel or a Bunch of Blog Posts Disguised as a Novel?

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June 6 2014 1:07 PM

The Audio Book Club Reads Americanah

Our critics discuss Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel about Nigerians emigrating west.

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This month, Dan Kois, Jamelle Bouie, and Emily Bazelon discuss Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel about two Nigerians who migrate west: Ifemelu to America, and Obinze to London. Is the romance between these two star-crossed lovers convincing? Do the novel’s sharp-edged takes on race in America detract by seeming too much like a series of blog posts? And what does that title mean, exactly? Listen along!

Next month the Audio Book Club will debate the first volume of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s epic autobiographical novel, My Struggle. Is it a masterpiece, or just the boring tale of one Norwegian dad who can’t stop writing? Read the book and join us for our discussion on July 11.

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Visit our Audio Book Club archive page for a complete list of the more than 75 books we’ve discussed over the years. Or you can listen to any of our previous club meetings through our iTunes feed.

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Podcast produced by Abdul Rufus and Andy Bowers.

Americanah

Emily Bazelon was a Slate senior editor from 2005 to 2014. She is the author of Sticks and Stones.

Jamelle Bouie is a Slate staff writer covering politics, policy, and race.

Dan Kois is Slate's culture editor and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine.

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