HALF OF A YELLOW SUN: An epic and striking love story that follows two sisters who are caught up in the outbreak of the Nigerian Civil War.
During the mid-to-late sixties, twin sisters, Olanna and Kainene, return to Nigeria after their education in England, they make decisions that shock their family. Olanna moves in with her lover, the ‘revolutionary professor’ Odenigbo and his houseboy Ugwu while Kainene takes over the family interests and pursues a career as a businesswoman, falling in love with Richard, an English writer. As the Igbo people struggle to establish Biafra as an independent republic, the sisters' attention now shifts to the brutal violence unfolding in the Nigerian Civil War.
The effect of the war is shown through the dynamic relationships of these five people’s lives. After Biafra's declaration of secession from Nigeria, the lives of the main characters drastically changed and were torn apart by the brutality of the civil war and decisions in their personal lives.
The book has been well received by critics and reviewers, including a mention in the New York Times′s "100 Most Notable Books of the Year". In 2007, it received the Orange Prize for Fiction, which is given annually for the best original full-length novel written by a woman in English. It also received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.
"Writing Half of a Yellow Sun has been my re-imagining of something I did not experience but whose legacy I carry. It is also, I hope, my tribute to love: the unreasonable, resilient thing that holds people together and makes us human" Adichie explains.
The book was adapted into a movie with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton as protagonists. Adichie was happy about the final product of the film as she thought it was beautiful and very well done. She also said the acting is very good and she loved the fact that it was filmed in Nigeria, which was her only requirement. But the film is nowhere as good as the book, as most critics have pointed out.
Therefore, better go directly to the original source: Adichie's magnificent writing will make you fall in love with this beautiful sweeping story.