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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

“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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A great short story

The book is so well written. It's the story of a woman a new single mother and how she's coping or drowning in the new and painful feelings and emotions while relating herself with her nearly single mother, understanding her more because of her new maternity. Thankfully it never happened to me or someone I know closely but the writing is so intuitive that it felt like I'm being induced a foreign feeling and feeling it as if it's my own. And a great applause to the narrator as she's done a really great job in conveying the story as meaningfully as it required.

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amazing experience

amazing narration.loved the voice.felt like an afro American telling her story.
no words for the story.touched my heart

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  • 09-11-20

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
  • 29-10-20

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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  • 09-11-20

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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  • 07-03-21

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
  • 06-03-21

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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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 02-03-21

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
  • 17-02-21

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
  • 09-02-21

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
  • 10-11-20

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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  • Afua Entsuah
  • 04-05-21

Way Too Short! Could have gotten it for free on kindle!

Beautifully written by Chimamanda, and brilliant narration from Oduye (love that a Nigerian narrated), however this cannot be a short story. Leaves you wanting more, almost unfair. I didn’t realize it was a short story until after I purchased it. I should have just gotten it on kindle for free!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-12-20

The first performance made for exceptional reading

I have listened to and read a lot of Nigeria/West African authors and am always really disappointed when the performances don’t match the story.

This performance and narration by Adepero Oduye was EXCEPTIONAL! I was hooked from the first paragraph.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-10-20

Chimamanda, all day any day.

Loved it! The orator did a fine job. It is as real as it gets.

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  • INNOCENT EMEKA OKPARA
  • 28-10-20

Chimamanda always brings it on. .

Chimamanda tells her stories with such realism you experience it rather than read about it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-21

standard from adichie

good story but it's pretty standard. it's like a small rejected section of americanah so the context is not as clear and not as statifying. but the story was punchy for the length.

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  • 14-03-21

Too short!

Another captivating story. Its a shame it came to an end just aa it was warming up.

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  • 12-03-21

Brilliant

Beautifully written and eloquently read. My only complaint is I wish it was longer lol, I enjoyed every second.

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  • Mary Zuwa Mbwana-Fernandes
  • 20-02-21

Too short 😁

This was a very intruiging story it made mr smile and even laught at times.

Beautifully written and made me think of my own journey of an African girl learning to live in the UK

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-02-21

Mothers and maternity

A very intimate listen. The narrator is just right. As a midwife and a mother it meant a lot. When I had problems post natal my mother was there. Her relationship with the father saddened me but i felt she had the strength to carry on alone

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  • J. Williams
  • 18-01-21

Insightful and compassionate

A heartbreaking life affirming story of a wonderfully flawed young woman caught up in social expectation and the war that women declare on themselves and their sex. The language and imagery is rich and fluid and the story full of raw, painful insight and compassion. I loved it. Beautifully read too.

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  • Anna L.
  • 17-01-21

Nice short story, amazing narration!

A good short story about a Nigerian woman who gets pregnant and is abandoned by her seemingly perfect boyfriend. Bit of a sad story but the reality is, this happens. The narration was sublime!