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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 advance and the three must run for their lives, their ideals are severely tested, as are their loyalties to one another.           

           Epic, ambitious, and triumphantly realized, Half of a Yellow Sun is a remarkable novel about moral responsibility, about the end of colonialism, about ethnic allegiances, about class and race—and the ways in which love can complicate them all. Adichie brilliantly evokes the promise and the devastating disappointments that marked this time and place, bringing us one of the most powerful, dramatic, and intensely emotional pictures of modern Africa that we have ever had.

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Praise for "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Purple Hibiscus":
"The secret of Adichie's style is simplicity, rhythm and balance. She writes a poet's sentences."
-"London Review of Books"
"A sensitive and touching story of a child exposed too early to religious intolerance and the uglier side of the Nigerian state."
-J. M. Coetzee

"We do not usually associate wisdom with beginners, but here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie knows what is at stake, and what to do about it. Her experimentation with the dual mandate of English and Igbo in perennial discourse is a case in point. Timid and less competent writers would avoid the complication altogether, but Adichie embraces it because her story needs it. She is fearless, or she would not have taken on the intimidating horror of Nigeria's civil war. Adichie came almost fully made."
-Chinua Achebe
Praise for "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Purple Hibiscus":
"The secret of Adichie's style is simplicity, rhythm and balance. She writes a poet's sentences."
-"London Review of Books"
"A sensitive and touching story of a child exposed too early to religious intolerance and the uglier side of the Nigerian state."
-J. M. Coetzee

"Profoundly gripping. . .When the Igbo people of eastern Nigeria seceded in 1967 to form the independent nation of Biafra, a bloody, crippling civil war followed. That period in African history is captured with haunting intimacy in this artful page-turner from Nigerian novelist Adichie. . . .Tumultuous politics power the plot, and several sections are harrowing. But this dramatic, intelligent epic has its lush and sultry side as well. This is a transcendent novel of many descriptive triumphs, most notably its depiction of the impact of war's brutalities on peasants and intellectuals alike. It's a searing history lesson in fictional form, intensely evocative and immensely absorbing."
-"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)
"We do not usually associate wisdom with beginners, but here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie knows what is at stake, and what to do about it. Her experimentation with the dual mandate of English and Igbo in perennial discourse is a case in point. Timid and less competent writers would avoid the complication altogether, but Adichie embraces it because her story needs it. She is fearless, or she would not have taken on the intimidating horror of Nigeria's civil war. Adichie came almost fully made."
-Chinua Achebe
Praise for "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Purple Hibiscus":
"The secret of Adichie's style is simplicity, rhythm and balance. She writes a poet's sentences."
-"London Review of Books"
"A sensitive and touching story of a child exposed too early to religious intolerance and the uglier side of the Nigerian state."
-J. M. Coetzee

..."[an] artful page-turner...[a] profoundly gripping story. This dramatic, intelligent epic has its lush and sultry side as well...This is a transcendent novel of many descriptive triumphs, most notably its depiction of the impact of war's brutalities on peasants and intellectuals alike. It's a searing history lesson in fictional form, intensely evocative and immensely absorbing."
-- "Publishers Weekly"
"We do not usually associate wisdom with beginners, but here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie knows what is at stake, and what to do about it. Her experimentation with the dual mandate of English and Igbo in perennial discourse is a case in point. Timid and less competent writers would avoid the complication altogether, but Adichie embraces it because her story needs it. She is fearless, or she would not have taken on the intimidating horror of Nigeria's civil war. Adichie came almost fully made."
-Chinua Achebe
Praise for "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Purple Hibiscus":
"The secret of Adichie's style is simplicity, rhythm and balance. She writes a poet's sentences."
-"London Review of Books"
"A sensitive and touching story of a child exposed too early to religious intolerance and the uglier side of the Nigerian state."
-J. M. Coetzee

..."Ưan¨ artful page-turner...Ưa¨ profoundly gripping story. This dramatic, intelligent epic has its lush and sultry side as well...This is a transcendent novel of many descriptive triumphs, most notably its depiction of the impact of war's brutalities on peasants and intellectuals alike. It's a searing history lesson in fictional form, intensely evocative and immensely absorbing."
-- "Publishers Weekly"
"We do not usually associate wisdom with beginners, but here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie knows what is at stake, and what to do about it. Her experimentation with the dual mandate of English and Igbo in perennial discourse is a case in point. Timid and less competent writers would avoid the complication altogether, but Adichie embraces it because her story needs it. She is fearless, or she would not have taken on the intimidating horror of Nigeria's civil war. Adichie came almost fully made."
-Chinua Achebe
Praise for "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Purple Hibiscus":
"The secret of Adichie's style is simplicity, rhythm and balance. She writes a poet's sentences."
-"London Review of Books"
"A sensitive and touching story of a child exposed too early to religious intolerance and the uglier side of the Nigerian state."
-J. M. Coetzee

"From the Hardcover edition."

" ... [an] artful page-turner... [a] profoundly gripping story. This dramatic, intelligent epic has its lush and sultry side as well... This is a transcendent novel of many descriptive triumphs, most notably its depiction of the impact of war' s brutalities on peasants and intellectuals alike. It' s a searing history lesson in fictional form, intensely evocative and immensely absorbing."
-- "Publishers Weekly"
" We do not usually associate wisdom with beginners, but here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie knows what is at stake, and what to do about it. Her experimentation with the dual mandate of English and Igbo in perennial discourse is a case in point. Timid and less competent writers would avoid the complication altogether, but Adichie embraces it because her story needs it. She is fearless, or she would not have taken on the intimidating horror of Nigeria's civil war. Adichie came almost fully made."
- Chinua Achebe
Praise for "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Purple Hibiscus":
" The secret of Adichie' s style is simplicity, rhythm and balance. She writes a poet' s sentences."
- "London Review of Books"
" A sensitive and touching story of a child exposed too early to religious intolerance and the uglier side of the Nigerian state."
- J. M. Coetzee

"From the Hardcover edition."

" 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"

" 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

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"

"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

About the Author:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. It was also short-listed for the Orange Prize and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Her short fiction has appeared in Granta and The Iowa Review among other literary journals, and she received an O. Henry Prize in 2003. She is a 2005–2006 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

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