Ifemelu is a Nigerian woman living in Princeton, New Jersey. Her primary source of income for the past several years has been her blog about race and class, Raceteenth or Various Observations About American Blacks (Those Formerly Known as Negroes) by a Non-American Black, but by the time the novel opens she has decided to shut down her blog and move to Nigeria, where she has a job waiting for her at a women's magazine called Zoe. In fact, she has already made the necessary arrangements. She has broken up with her boyfriend, Blaine, sold her condo, and shipped her car to Nigeria—all of which surprises her friends and family. She has been living in America for ten years, and it seems to them like she's throwing her life away.
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