Half of a Yellow Sun

Hardcover, 433 pages

English language

Published July 26, 2006 by Alfred A. Knopf.

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A masterly, haunting new novel from a writer heralded by The Washington Post Book World as “the 21st-century daughter of Chinua Achebe,” Half of a Yellow Sun re-creates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria in the 1960s, and the chilling violence that followed.

With astonishing empathy and the effortless grace of a natural storyteller, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie weaves together the lives of three characters swept up in the turbulence of the decade. Thirteen-year-old Ugwu is employed as a houseboy for a university professor full of revolutionary zeal. Olanna is the professor’s beautiful mistress, who has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos for a dusty university town and the charisma of her new lover. And Richard is a shy young Englishman in thrall to Olanna’s twin sister, an enigmatic figure who refuses to belong to anyone. As Nigerian troops …

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  • Nigeria
  • History
  • African Contemporary Fiction
  • Fiction
  • Fiction - General
  • Historical fiction
  • Political
  • Literary
  • Fiction / Literary
  • Civil War, 1967-1970
  • 1960-