Homegrown Love is the short story collection you’ve always wanted, a gathering of beautifully observed, richly characterized, deftly plotted gems that focus on the tragedy and transcendence of everyday life. With humor, compassion, and appreciation for the resilience of the human spirit, these tales touch on a broad range of compelling topics, including the importance of holding on to hope and letting go of misguided love, integrating past hurts into a functional life, and how to cope with watching friends disappear as the golden years slip away. With warm and familiar narrative voices as your powerful yet gentle guides, you’ll find space for your own revelations and reflections through reading about experiences that will resonate with your own life. Comforting and inspiring, heart-rending and hilarious, Homegrown Love is a garden of delights where you will want to linger.
It was not the Old Man’s rage that he feared, nor the prospect of police cell and the gunbutts and kicks of his fellow corporals. He did not fear any of that. It was that the Old Man had faded. That was why he had left. There was nothing there anymore. Everybody was leaving, and lying about it.
As teenagers in Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu – beautiful, self-assured – departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze – the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor – had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion for their homeland and for each other, they will face the toughest decisions of their lives. Spanned three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a rich told story set in today’s globalized world.