Americanah is a novel about the immigrant experience in America. A strong Nigerian woman, Ifemelu, leaves her homeland and its military dictatorship for the US. She is separated from her boyfriend, Obinze, who ends up living illegally in the UK. Ifemelu has trouble getting established in America. This excerpt is about some of her experiences at college where she is studying soon after arriving in the US.

Read more in Access to English: Social Studies, pp. 325-330. Then do the tasks in the textbook and on this website.

"Woman in the Clouds" by Laura James, 2006