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Half of a Yellow Sun

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Half of a Yellow Sun
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    Sep 2006, 448 pages
    Sep 2007, 528 pages

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Recreates a seminal moment in modern African history and the chilling violence that followed. Novel

This is the second novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, following Purple Hibiscus (2002) which is also set in Nigeria.  It was published in hardcover in 2006 when the author was 29, and won the prestigious Orange Prize in 2007.  The Orange Prize (underwritten by the telecommunications company, Orange) is awarded to the best full length novel written in English by a woman of any nationality. 

Half of a Yellow Sun is a remarkable, totally absorbing epic about a small corner of the vast continent of Africa that many Westerners couldn't find on a map, but is nonetheless home to 120 million people. It's a story of ethnic allegiances, moral responsibility and love which puts a face on the devastating civil war that erupted less than 40 years ago, in 1967, when the Igbo people, ...

About the Author  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (pronounced Chim-muh-MAHN-duh en-GOH-zee ah-DEECH-ee-(ay) The “ay” is soft, not quite a diphthong) is currently attending graduate school in the African Studies program at Yale and working on her next book.

Brought up as a Roman Catholic, Adichie is from the Biafran region of Nigeria, but was born after the civil war ended. Her father, a professor of statistics, lost everything in the war but eventually became vice-chancellor of the University of Nigeria.  As a child she devoured Enid Blyton books and soon started writing her own books with middle-class white characters "exactly like Enid Blyton's". It was only later, when she began to read African books that she realized that black Africans "could actually exist" in ...

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