Americanah: General Outline of 1-15

This is the Outline I will be referring to when I start talking about themes and major turning points in the story. In my next post, I will give a character analysis of the leading cast, Ifemulu and Obinze.

Part 1

Chapter 1: Ifemulu

  • Travelling to the Blackside of Trenton (Train ride)
  • About Raceteenth
  • Blaine, Fatness, and Homesickness
  • Mariama African Hair Braiding Salon
  • Nollywood Nostalgia
  • Immigrant Women and Igbo Men

Chapter 2: Obinze

  • Ceiling
  • Stifling, Sweet Life,
  • The Chief of Wealth
  • Chief’s Party
  • If you give a man a single woman…
  • Fela Feelings

 

Part 2: Ifemulu

Chapter 3

  • Imagined Boyfriends
  • The Charismatic Christian
  • Mummy Boss
  • Sunday Mornings
  • The Truth of a Repressed Christian
  • Aunty Uju

Chapter 4

  • It’s not the gods’ fault
  • If this is love…
  • Why slap a widow?
  • The Trouble Babe
  • Love at first Sight
  • Chapter 5
  • The Reluctant Americanah
  • Passport Haze
  • The difference of the Indifferent
  • Obinze’s Mother

Chapter 6

  • No is the final answer
  • The Ignomity of the Truth
  • Dracula
  • Am I your co-equal?
  • Dike
  • The end of the General

Chapter 7

  • JAMB Forms
  • Trouble in Paradise (Strikes and Odein)
  • For the First Time
  • The Talk

Chapter 8

  • The Never Ending Strike
  • The New Americanah
  • Our Plan

Chapter 9: Back to the Present

  • Small girls and smaller kids
  • First American Heat wave
  • Detachment
  • Little Dike
  • Subdued

Chapter 10: The summer of waiting

Chapter 11

  • Bartholomew
  • Manhattan
  • The End of the summer of waiting

Chapter 12

  • Ginikia the Golden Girl
  • The shapelessness of post-modernity
  • That’s America for you!

Chapter 13

  • Uh…Ngozi, not Ifemulu
  • Invisible Boldness

Chapter 14

  • Cristina Tomas
  • The Perfect American College Student
  • Types of African
  • The devil is a liar

Chapter 15

  • Help me relax
  • The devil’s advocate
  • Kimberley, Laura, and Don
  • The Bacon eating dog
  • The Tennis Coach
  • The Great Depression
  • The light at the end of the tunnel
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