The Women’s Prize for Fiction has announced that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Half of a Yellow Sun is the “Winner of Winners,” a one-off award marking the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Prize, set up in 1996 to recognize originality, accessibility & excellence in writing by women and to connect world-class writers with readers everywhere.
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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.
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