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Tim Adams Looks Forward to the Release of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and JM Coetzee’s New Novels

AmericanahThe Childhood of JesusTim Adams from The Observer has expressed his excitement about certain books that are coming out this year. First on his list is JM Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus, which Adams says “will be an early contender for an unprecedented third Booker prize”. He describes it as “the semi-mythical tale of a young refugee encountering new worlds and the obstacles of officialdom”.

Adams is also excited about the release of Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s Americanah, her first novel since Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the 2007 Orange Prize. The book “follows teenage lovers from the author’s native Nigeria as they try to make a new life together but are separated by the forces of homeland security”.

It is six years since JM Coetzee’s last novel, a long pause by the South African-born Nobel laureate’s standards. The Childhood of Jesus (Harvill Secker, Mar) is the semi-mythical tale of a young refugee encountering new worlds and the obstacles of officialdom; written with all of Coetzee’s penetrating rigour, it will be an early contender for an unprecedented third Booker prize for the author of Disgrace.

There are more migrants in search of promised lands in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah (Fourth Estate, April), which follows teenage lovers from the author’s native Nigeria as they try to make a new life together but are separated by the forces of homeland security. Adichie won the 2007 Orange prize for her Half of a Yellow Sun; this is her first novel since then.

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