Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is set in
the 1960’s during Biafra’s doomed attempt to establish independence from
Nigeria. Twin sisters from a wealthy family chose different paths. Beautiful Olanna is drawn to fiery professor
Odenigbo, an ardent supporter of independence.
Kainene is being groomed to follow in their father’s footsteps, to run
the family businesses. At a party she
meets Richard, a Brit interested in African art. Another strong voice in the story is Ugwu,
Odenigbo’s houseboy. Adichie is a
talented author, she makes you care about these characters.
Fall '08/Winter '09 Reading Group List
“This powerful and dramatic story is set in Nigeria in the 1960s, against the hopes and disappointment of the struggle for a Biafran republic. Adichie balances the political turmoil with three compelling point-of-view characters. Lushly written and emotionally haunting, this book contributes new faces to our understanding of the human costs of race, class, and ethnic struggles in our world.”
— Elli Meeropol, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA