Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, 2007.
A Richard and Judy Book Club selection.This highly anticipated novel from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is set in Nigeria during the 1960s, at the time of a vicious civil war in which a million people died and thousands were massacred in cold blood. The three main characters in the novel are swept up in the violence during these turbulent years. One is a young boy from a poor village who is employed at a university lecturer's house. The other is a young middle-class woman, Olanna, who has to confront the reality of the massacre of her relatives. And the third is a white man, a writer who lives in Nigeria for no clear reason, and who falls in love with Olanna's twin sister, a remote and enigmatic character. As these people's lives intersect, they have to question their own responses to the unfolding political events. This extraordinary novel is about Africa in a wider sense, about moral responsibility, about the end of colonialism, about ethnic allegiances, about class and race - and about the ways in which love can complicate all of these things.
"Tender and harrowing by turn you listen with a throat tense with fear, never knowing the outcome of any moment as neighbour turns on neighbour and the smell of death fills the air. Adjoa Andoh reads it to perfection - every character given a voice, a life, that sings out in a dozen perfectly held accents, from the village Igbo to English received pronunciation." (The Express)
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