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Half of a Yellow Sun

Half of a Yellow Sun

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Written by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
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  • Publisher: Anchor
  • On Sale: September 4, 2007
  • Price: $15.95
  • ISBN: 978-1-4000-9520-9 (1-4000-9520-4)
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.
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With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s. We experience this tumultuous decade alongside five unforgettable characters: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old houseboy who works for Odenigbo, a university professor full of revolutionary zeal; Olanna, the professor’s beautiful young mistress who has abandoned her life in Lagos for a dusty town and her lover’s charm; and Richard, a shy young Englishman infatuated with Olanna’s willful twin sister Kainene. Half of a Yellow Sun is a tremendously evocative novel of the promise, hope, and disappointment of the Biafran war.


“A gorgeous, pitiless account of love, violence and betrayal during the Biafran war.”
Time

“Instantly enthralling. . . . Vivid. . . . Powerful . . . A story whose characters live in a changing wartime atmosphere, doing their best to keep that atmosphere at bay.”
The New York Times

“Ingenious. . . . [With] searching insight, compassion and an unexpected yet utterly appropriate touch of wit, Adichie has created an extraordinary book.”
Los Angeles Times

“Brilliant. . . . Adichie entwines love and politics to a degree rarely achieved by novelists. . . . That is what great fiction does–it simultaneously devours and ennobles, and in its freely acknowledged invention comes to be truer than the facts upon which it is built.”
Elle