download (1)Americanah just won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. I hadn’t heard anything about the book prior to starting it, other than it was very long. I was totally into the book until I hit about 50%. Then it started dragging. I liked the characters and I enjoyed the story, but for me, it was too slow and too long. My kids kept asking me why I was still reading it and I had no answer other than, after investing so much time, I wanted to finish it. I will admit that the last 20% I just skimmed quickly through. I merely wanted to finish. While I found the book very informative — it taught me about the African in America’s experience — it was a bit repetitive and just too long.

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