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Voices from the Margins Book Discussion: Americanah
June 5 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
As part of our nation’s continuing conversation about the American Experience and the narratives that have shaped us, and to continue the dialogue begun at our library, Scotch Plains Public Library and grant partners offer Voices from the Margins: Connecting our Stories. This series will run from October 2016 through June 2017.
Throughout this series, participants will view films, a play, and museum exhibits, and discuss books, all works chosen for the ways they portray belonging and otherness, community and marginalization. Events are held at the Scotch Plains Public Library unless otherwise stated. Click here to register for the entire series.
Americanah by Chimamanda Nozi Adiche – As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu—beautiful, self-assured—departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze—the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor—had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.
Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion—for their homeland and for each other—they will face the toughest decisions of their lives.
Our discussion will be led by Dr. Linda Caldwell Epps.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Friends of Scotch Plains Public Library.
This series was made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this series do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.