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(S)Kinfolk: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah (...Afterwords) (Paperback)
Literary Nonfiction. African & African American Studies. When Did You First Realize You Were Black? Provoked by the fraught relationship between the African continent and American culture in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah; acclaimed Nigerian-American novelist Tochi Onyebuchi takes an emotional and intellectual journey through his own education in Blackness--his first loves; his introduction to politics; and his eventual commitment to the struggle.
Ranging from Paris to a Connecticut boarding school to a harrowing walk through the streets of Palestine; and touching on lessons from Frantz Fanon; Sylvia Wynter; Mohsin Hamid; August Wilson; Dear White People; and Black Panther; Onyebuchi blends memoir and cultural criticism to explore the ways in which identities; like diamonds; are pressurized into existence by suffering; and how the other side of suffering is self-determination.
(S)KINFOLK culminates in a trip to Nigeria; the homeland; where the author realizes that we share a future; as Black Americans and Africans; on this asymptotic journey toward self-actualization.