Americanah, speaking of race issues in the United States, through the eyes of the protagonist, Ifemelu. It also shows some insight into the problems of immigrants and racial issues in the United Kingdom through the eyes of Ifemelu's first boyfriend, Obinze. The book also deals with the economic problems in Nigeria due to corruption, and the lack of will of the government and the wealthy people to bring about change. Ifemelu is a Nigerian girl who gets tired of the constant strikes in her university and goes abroad to complete her education.
As she approaches her 60th birthday, Sookie seems to have this life thing figured out. She is married with four grown children, and her biggest concern is trying to get her overbearing mother to move into a nursing home. Then one day, Sookie learns a family secret that causes her to rethink her entire existence. Listeners go on a journey across the country and back in time with Sookie, in her quest to find her true identity. Fannie Flagg manages to mix fiction and history in this soul-searching, heartwarming, and funny best-seller.
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The Nightingale is set in France during the World War II. It is about family relationships, loss, grief, friendship, and life during the war. Two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, are as different from each other as possible. Vianne appears passive and traditional while Isabelle is impulsive and careless. As the story progresses, we see how circumstances changes the two sisters, who both perform a large role in saving several people during the war.
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is about the relationship between Molly Ayer and Vivian Daly. Brought together by Molly's community service sentence, 17-year-old Molly learns that she has much more in common with 91-year-old Vivian than she first thought. Both women were orphaned as children and share a similar story. However, Vivian was an orphan during the Great Depression and Molly is an orphan today. Kline tells this enlightening and emotionally engaging story based on true accounts.