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Half of a Yellow Sun / Americanah / Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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really liked it

I think I liked this book slightly better than her newest novel, Americanah, which I also really enjoyed. However, I felt like I learned so much in this book. It is a topic that I had virtually no knowledge of prior to reading it. This book is about twin sisters Olanna and Kainene and the men in their lives. It alternates between early 1960's and late 1960's...before the war and during the war in Nigeria. Given what is currently going on in Nigeria, it felt like a timely book to be reading. Specifically, it is about the Nigeria-Biafra War of 1967-1970. It is a heartbreaking book, and sometimes what happens in the lives of Olanna and Kainene can be a bit too much like a dramatic soap opera, but overall I found this book to be very interesting and enjoyed learning a little more about the history and culture of Nigeria.
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June 1, 2014 – Finished Reading
June 2, 2014 – Shelved

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