Next Staff Picks Book Group

half of a yellow sun

The Staff Picks Book Group will meet next on April 25 at 7pm in the 4th floor Conference Room at Robbins.

We’ll be discussing Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Here’s the description from Goodreads:

“Half of a Yellow Sun re-creates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria in the 1960s, and the chilling violence that followed.

With astonishing empathy and the effortless grace of a natural storyteller, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie weaves together the lives of three characters swept up in the turbulence of the decade. Thirteen-year-old Ugwu is employed as a houseboy for a university professor full of revolutionary zeal. Olanna is the professor’s beautiful mistress, who has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos for a dusty university town and the charisma of her new lover. And Richard is a shy young Englishman in thrall to Olanna’s twin sister, an enigmatic figure who refuses to belong to anyone. As Nigerian troops advance and the three must run for their lives, their ideals are severely tested, as are their loyalties to one another.”

I think there will be a lot to discuss! You can pick up a copy at the Circulation Desk at Robbins or at the Fox Branch.

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2 Responses to Next Staff Picks Book Group

  1. Sarah Becker says:

    Absolutely fascinating book! Characters are true to life, and it’s a story foreign in details but familiar in human feelings and relationships. A good introduction to a very difficult period in Nigeria’s history.

  2. linda says:

    I agree – I can’t wait to discuss it!

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