Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Available At: Pine Creek

Categories: Cursing, Racism, Sexual, Violence

Description: A novel set during the Nigerian Civil War, Half of a Yellow Sun tells the story of five individuals, including twin daughters, a professor, a British expat, and a Nigerian houseboy.

YA Label?: No

Notes: This book contains sexual activities including sexual assault; sexual nudity; profanity and derogatory terms; violence; and controversial and inflammatory racial commentary.

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Page 10: “He often wondered wished that Anulika wasn’t so flat-chested- he wondered what was taking her so long anyway, since she and Nnesinachi were about the same age- so that he could feel her breasts.”

Page 31: “Later, after dinner, he tiptoed to Master’s bedroom and rested his ear on the door. She was moaning loudly, sounds that seemed so unlike her, so uncontrolled and stirring and throaty. He stood there for a long time, until the moans stopped, and then he went back to his room.”

Page 43: “She was almost asleep when Kainene knocked. ‘So will you be spreading your legs for that elephant in exchange for Daddy’s contract?’ Kainene asked.”

Page 286: “That civilized white folk wore nice dresses and hats and gathered to watch a white man hang a black man from a tree.”

Page 300: “’Pepper can remove pregnancy,’ she said. ‘What?’ ‘If you eat plenty of hot peppers, they will remove pregnancy.’”

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