Essential Reads For The Soul: Find Out What Makes Love Last With Chimamanda Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche was asked during an interview about Love, what she thinks make love last, she said:

“I wish I knew… if I did, I would market it.”
This statement coming from a collector of life experiences shows that everyone is still on the quest of finding sustenance to their relationships. The truth is, as one grows, one learns and while you are still alive, you will never complete the learning circle. This is equivalent to love. A person does not come to the full realization of love but grow with it daily by what is presented which becomes experiences.
Little wonder Chimamanda said she will market it because it sure will make such a valuable commodity if one knew.

Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Genre: Fiction  
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 496 pages
Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN-10 – 0307271080
ISBN-13 – 978-0307271082

“I wanted to write an unapologetically old-fashioned love story. But it is also about race and how we reinvent ourselves. It is about how, when we leave home, we become another version of ourselves. And it is also about hair.”

This was Chimamnda’s response when asked why she wrote the novel during the interview with The Observer. It’s a story of love, race and identity. It is centered on a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home.

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. 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.

And The Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini

Genre: Fiction  
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 416 pages
Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Riverhead
Book Dimension: 9 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
ISBN-10 – 159463176X
ISBN-13 – 978-1594631764

Still on our quest for love, let’s look at Afghanistan, US Based author Khaled Hosseini’s “And The Mountains Echoed.” The novel is a good direction to finding what makes love last as it talks about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else, how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most.

Ghana Must Go – Taiye Selasi

Genre: Fiction  
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 416 pages
Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Riverhead
Book Dimension: 9 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
ISBN-10 – 159463176X
ISBN-13 – 978-1594631764

Ghana Must Go is at once a portrait of a modern family, and an exploration of the importance of where we come from to who we are. In a sweeping narrative that takes us from Accra to Lagos to London to New York, Ghana Must Go teaches that the truths we speak can heal the wounds we hide.

The remarkable surgeon Kweku Sai is dead; he succumbs suddenly at dawn outside his home in suburban Accra. Kweku died without his slippers, his slippers come to symbolize the poor village boy, with scarred feet, who has come into the world of wealth and elegance where he might wear slippers but at his death, he sends a ripple around the world, bringing together the family he abandoned years before. Ghana Must Go is their story.


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