You In America
" You believed that everybody in America had a car and a gun. Your uncles and aunts and cousins believed it too. Right after you won the American visa lottery, they told you, In a month, you will have a big car. Soon, a big house. But don’t buy a gun like those Americans.”
You In America is a love story disguised as a travelogue, the tale of a young Nigerian woman who wins a lottery, a green card to America. Does everyone there own a big house, a big car, and a gun? Not quite, though it turns out there are worse things than guns. Adichie takes us effortlessly from the shanties of Lagos to downtown Connecticut, where love – uninvited but not unwelcome – turns up to eat at a restaurant.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977. Her first novelPurple Hibiscus was published in 2003 and was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Her second novel Half of a Yellow Sunwon the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her work has been selected by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and the BBC Short Story Awards and has appeared in various literary publications, including Zoetrope and The Iowa Review.
In this video Chimamanda talks about the pitfalls of a mono-view and its relation to story writing
The danger of a single story