Podcast and discussion of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.

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

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.


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.


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.


Podcast produced by Abdul Rufus and Andy Bowers.


Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and the author of Sticks and Stones.

Jamelle Bouie is Slates former chief political correspondent.

Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s human interest and culture departments. He’s the co-author, with Isaac Butler, of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, and is writing a book called How to Be a Family.