What a roll!
According to the reports, The Times’s staff book critics, Dwight Garner, Jennifer Szalai and Parul Sehgal, thought about writers who have been "opening new realms in fiction and whose books suggest and embody unexplored possibilities in form, feeling and knowledge," for Women's History Month.
Unsurprisingly, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s "Americanah" made the list as one of 15 remarkable books written by women who are shaping fiction in the 21st century.
Describing the impact of "Americanah", Dwight Garner wrote:
"If you were paying attention, you might have seen this book coming. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s first novel, “Purple Hibiscus,” was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her second, “Half of a Yellow Sun,” won the Orange Prize. In 2008, she was awarded a MacArthur “genius” grant. But “Americanah” more than paid off on this writer’s promise.
"It’s a resonant and fiercely intellectual novel about a Nigerian woman named Ifemelu who leaves Africa for America and suffers here before starting a blog called “Raceteenth or Various Observations About American Blacks (Those Formerly Known as Negroes) by a Non-American Black” and winning a fellowship at Princeton.
"Adichie works both high and low; she’s as adept at dissecting internet and hair salon culture as she is at parsing the overlapping and ever-changing meanings of class and race in the United States. “Americanah” brings news, on many fronts, about how a new generation of immigrants is making its way in the world. It has lessons for every human about how to live."
"Americanah" mini-series adaptation
Recall that it's been four years since we first heard that that Lupita Nyong'O had acquired the rights to adaptChimamanda Ngozi Adichie's and it finally seems that there might be movement on the adaptation after all.
Americanah could see Black Panther co-stars Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong'O work together once more.
Just a month ago, it was reported that the critically acclaimed novel would be turned into a mini-series, not a movie as was initially announced. Now, the project officially has a writer: the talented actress and playwright, Danai Gurira.
This will mark the third time Nyong'o and Gurira work together. Prior to playing Nakia and Okoye, the enchanting women protecting T'Challa in Marvel's Black Panther, Gurira wrote Eclipsed — the play that landed Nyong'o her first Tony nomination.
Speaking with Extra, Nyong'o revealed that the undefined adaptation is the next project on her she plans to tackle. The book follows the story of two young Nigerian immigrants, Ifemelu and Obinze, who face a lifetime of struggle while their love story endures through it all.
Nyong'o will be playing Ifemelu, and both she and Gurira will be executive producing the whole thing.
We expect more information to be revealed in the coming months and we cannot wait to see how this exciting and long-awaited project unfolds.