Half of a Yellow Sun

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.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah.  

Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Summary

Half of a Yellow Sun is a novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Published in 2006 by Knopf/Anchor, the novel tells the story of the Biafran War through the perspective of the characters Olanna, Odenigbo, Ugwu, and Richard. ..

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Half of a yellow sun5 star

Just one word. Amazing 55


Beautifully written5 star

Reminds me of Chinua Achebe and professor Wole Soyinka's way of story telling. Kind of book I'd love me children to read. Good to know that there's someone in my generation that writes as beautifully as this. Well done sister!!!! 55


Amazing5 star

Be careful, after reading this book the characters will haunt u. Beautifully written. 55


An absolute gem5 star

I absolutely loved this book. Not only was it a very interesting story reflecting a terrible war that I knew little about, but through the eyes of a cast of characters that were absolutely dazzling in their strength and fallibilities. If you like historical fiction and stories about families, this is a must read . 55


Brilliant5 star

As one of the children of Biafra (I experienced the war as a five to eight year old boy), I say thank you to Ms. Adichie for writing a book I often thought of writing but could never have written as well as she did. Thank you for writing about an event that we should never forget. 55


Awesome!5 star

I've been waiting for this book to get on iBooks. Had the paperback version but I got it missing. It is such a human story, all the characters and flaws. And it depicts a struggle that Nigerians have been trying to ignore. I didn't even know there was a war. It does a really nice depiction of how we can all change under impossible circumstances. Author deserves applauds. 55

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