[Literary]–Americanah, a 2013 novel by Chimamanda Adichie has won the One Book One New York Campaign by the Mayor’ Office of Media and Entertainment and BuzzFeed.
The office said on Monday that 50,000 New Yorkers through online and at interactive digital kiosks, cast their ballots for the book throughout February and said they wanted millions of residents to read it simultaneously.
“Finally, Americanah was the book most New Yorkers wanted to read, as 50,000 voters who participated in the #OneBookNY campaign voted for it,” the office said.
It explained that New Yorkers were encouraged to form their own book clubs and discussions around the book, which detailed the story of a Nigerian couple that left military-ruled Nigeria.
The office said Americanah centred around two young Nigerian lovers who departed for different cities in the Western world and later reunited in a democratic Nigeria.
Ifemelu, the protagonist, headed for America, where her life as an immigrant changed her perspective on race and identity.
Before being reunited in their homeland, the female protagonist, Ifemelu, was forced to confront new issues of race and class in the United States, and her lover, Obinze, blocked from joining her due to post-9/11 travel restrictions, struggled for dignity as an undocumented immigrant in London.
The Mayor office said it will partner with the digital reading subscription company, Scribd to provide a 90-day free access to the full audio-book version through June.
The office announced that Newyorkers could also borrow one of the thousands of additional copies donated by publishers and other organisations to New York City’s public library system, adding that it would host events like film screenings and panel discussions to drum up excitement about the book and get New Yorkers talking about it in the upcoming months.
Americanah won a National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and was named one of The New York Times “Ten Best Books of the Year.”
Other books voted on included “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz, “The Sellout” by Paul Beatty and “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg