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Half of a yellow sun
Half of a yellow sun


1st North American ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.
Physical Description:
435 pages ; 25 cm
Re-creates the 1960s struggle of Biafra to establish an independent republic in Nigeria, following the intertwined lives of the characters through a military coup, the Biafran secession, and the resulting civil war.

With the effortless grace of a natural storyteller, Adichie weaves together the lives of five characters caught up in the extraordinary tumult of the decade. Fifteen-year-old Ugwu is houseboy to Odenigbo, a university professor who sends him to school, and in whose living room Ugwu hears voices full of revolutionary zeal. Odenigboʹs beautiful mistress, Olanna, a sociology teacher, is running away from her parentsʹ world of wealth and excess; Kainene, her urbane twin, is taking over their fatherʹs business; and Kaineneʹs English lover, Richard, forms a bridge between their two worlds. As we follow these intertwined lives through a military coup, the Biafran secession and the subsequent war, Adichie brilliantly evokes the promise, and intimately, the devastating disappointments that marked this time and place. -- Publisher description.
Electronic Access:
Author's website http://chimamanda.com