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    Description

    The emotional storms weathered by a mother and daughter yield a profound new understanding in a moving short story by the best-selling, award-winning author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists.

    When Zikora, a DC lawyer from Nigeria, tells her equally high-powered lover that she’s pregnant, he abandons her. But it’s Zikora’s demanding, self-possessed mother, in town for the birth, who makes Zikora feel like a lonely little girl all over again. Stunned by the speed with which her ideal life fell apart, she turns to reflecting on her mother’s painful past and struggle for dignity. Preparing for motherhood, Zikora begins to see more clearly what her own mother wants for her, for her new baby, and for herself.

    ©2020 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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    “The actor Adepero Oduye as narrator shifts seamlessly between characters, and I hung onto her every word.” (The New York Times)

    “The multitalented actress, director, singer, and writer Adepero Oduye provides an outstanding Nigerian-accented narration, charting Zikora's thoughts and feelings surrounding her failed relationship, her attempts to navigate new motherhood as a professional woman, and her developing understanding of her own mother's challenging relationship with Zikora's father in Nigeria.” (AudioFile Magazine)

    “[Adichie] is delivering brand-new material to a world that needs her talents more than ever.” (Entertainment Weekly)

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    • Tally
    • 09/11/2020

    Great quick listen.

    I really enjoyed this short story. Thanks for using a person with an authentic Nigerian accent! Not having someone who can pronounce the words correctly has been a barrier to purchasing books by African authors here.
    I didn't want this story to end. It felt so real and I know someone in real life who can fit each character.
    Chimamanda has done it again!

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    • A. Toliver
    • 29/10/2020

    I wanted more.

    I love the author’s work it is always rich. I was just settling in with the characters and it ended. I wanted more.

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    • YONGFACES
    • 09/11/2020

    Wow

    The book made me play out every memory from my own traumatic birth experience that I cried and felt instant relief after. How could someone know so much about my experiences? Suddenly I got a cold shiver down my spine, a strong and confident reassurance that I wasn’t alone. Thank you for this free therapy Chimamanda. Thank you.

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    • 07/03/2021

    Adichie’s mastery!

    The character of Zikora cut deep into the female psyche - the push and pull of motherhood balanced with the difficulty, comfort, neediness and conflict in a mother-daughter relationship. I marvel at Adichie’s ability to navigate between two cultures and the line that recent immigrants have to walk between their compulsions and pressures of their traditions and the lure of America’s newness and the possibility of living life on one’s own terms. She is indeed a master of her craft

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    • Palin
    • 06/03/2021

    Visceral, real, and beautiful

    This story is so important and beautifully written. The daughter becomes the mother and has a very real reality check about life, parenting, motherhood, love, loss, rejection, and womanhood. She becomes the reflection of her mother whom she thought weak, as she faces the truths about choices, controlled circumstances, freedoms and the loss of each.

    I don't have enough words to describe how powerful the truths of this story sound.

    Simply Brilliant!

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    • Anonymous User
    • 02/03/2021

    absolutely stunning

    left me yearning for more, I am curious. loved that a Nigerian narrator was used, loved listening

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    • Adanna H
    • 17/02/2021

    Moving Story

    I'm in awe of the completeness of this short story. I felt like I knew everything about Zikora's current situation and her innermost thoughts. I just wanted to know what happens next!

    I loved the narration of this book! The narrator Adepero Oduye makes you feel like you are sitting down with your Nigerian girlfriend, Zikora, as she tells you about her pregnancy and relationship with Kwame. Oduye imparted a sense of intimacy as she tells of Zikora's unsuccessful relationship and challenges with motherhood. The narrator also makes seamless switches between the Nigerian accent and an American one to differentiate the characters.

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    • Phil Gillette
    • 09/02/2021

    I felt for her.

    Finely crafted and finely performed. The story immediately drew me in, as I would expect from the author, and the narrator made me emphasize with the protagonist.

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    • LG H
    • 10/11/2020

    I want more

    Really well written left me wishing for more. Good narration. That's all I have to say, but Audible needs a story with their reviews. Sometimes less is more.

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    • sxs093
    • 15/04/2021

    Captivating

    The story’s universal theme makes it relatable to all women. Adichie’s magical use of language always leaves the reader wanting more. As a woman, who faced a pregnancy with a partner, I felt as if she was telling my own story. As a child, who witnessed my parents separation, I was too naive to see that it had been a result of both parents’ decisions; but I idolized my father and blamed my mother. I say this to say her words lead to self-reflection.

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    • Shirlene Boadum
    • 31/10/2020

    deep story

    i loved the story. Although it is s short story it touched on so many aspects of culture and living with that culrure in a completely diffeerrnt cultural environment, and making it wotk for you. it also shows the dilema many young African women face in life overseas- trying to achieve a balance between both worlds and values.
    The performance was authentic and excellent and made the story come alive.

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    • Philipp
    • 21/12/2020

    Stunning, intelligent, beautiful

    As always, the author manages to open up a whole universe of one person's inner world. Its so beautiful and touching it actually hurts.