Our January Book of the Month is...

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is Hay Festival Book of the Month for January, continuing the festival's campaign to celebrate and ignite conversation around current and backlist books that have contemporary resonance.

A powerful, tender story of race and identity, Americanah has been published in 29 languages. The novel won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2013, was listed among the New York Times Book Review’s “Ten Best Books of 2013”, and won The Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction 2013 and the “One Book, One New York” campaign 2017.

In her review for The Guardian, Elizabeth Day said: "There are some novels that tell a great story and others that make you change the way you look at the world. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah is a book that manages to do both."

Adichie will talk about her work at Hay Festival Cartagena later this month.

Run in partnership with Vanity Fair, Hay Festival’s Book of the Month is selected by the festival team in Hay-on-Wye, based on public recommendations, and aims to revisit and re-celebrate great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry that reach through time to touch the present.

Titles are sold in the UK through the festival’s online shop, as well as being available in all good libraries and bookshops, with a digital festival of promotion online, including curated streams on the festival’s new Hay Player archive.

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