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Summary

Commissioned by the New York Times to write a story on any aspect of the 2016 presidential campaign, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie created a delicious, subversive, incisive fictional account of Melania Trump.

Once, in the early years, before she fully understood him, she had asked what his favourite flowers were.

'I use the best florists in the city, they're terrific,' he replied, and she realised that taste, for him, was something to be determined by somebody else, and then flaunted.

From one of our greatest writers, a short story about today's befuddling political climate, an imaginary account of a day in the life of Melania Trump and a fictional glimpse into the lives of the strange family residing in Trump Tower.

©2016 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"A writer with a great deal to say." (The Times)
"Here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers." (Chinua Achebe)
"Adiche [has] virtuosity, boundless empathy and searing social acuity." (Dave Eggers)

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I loved it!

I really would have liked it to be much longer than it was. But it was great, nevertheless.

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very engaging

Didn't want it to end. Intriguing, loved it. Need another 7 chapters at least ...

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Vivid detail

Loved it. Each scene, intricately detailed.

I wish she could write more into this story. I chuckled at most points.


It would make for a great tv series.

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Comical

I like the humour however the book is too short No storyline which beats the purpose of reading a book. I like Chimamanda's books, this one falls short of her usual standard
Its worth reading if you fancy a short comedy

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Took a second to realize the satire!

A pretty funny soap opera abour the lead up to the US election focussing on Melania Trump's viewpoint. She's frustrated yet in denial, and possibly in the closet? I'd find it more hilarious if it wasn't so tragically realistic in many aspects.

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A coherent normalization of a staggering premise

One of the things I love about contemporary fulfillment of prophecies, is that you don't know it's being fulfilled until the 'butterfly has almost completely emerged from the chrysalis'.
It's a truly bold piece of contemporary fantasy fiction- think Lord of the rings... with Melania as Frodo.
The portrayal of Melania as a layered character whose deft sure-footedness only belies a quaking uncertainty that the clock will soon strike 12 and her glass slippers will shatter and lacerate her delicate feet.
The 'feminist' author explores the contradictory duality of female rivalry- how one can loathe, love and even admire a person.

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Wish it was longer.

Very imaginative and believable script. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this work of fiction. I could see how the characters would’ve played out a lot more if the book had been longer. A beautiful taster I think Gos should write more things like this sometimes. I love all the books and this one did not disappoint at all. You left me gagging for more.ggg Love the characters, and enjoyabread.

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Amazingly beautiful piece

Oh how I missed it wouldn’t end. I loved every piece of it. I’m actually going to listen to it again.

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Doesn't disappoint, I want to hear more.

Fiction based on fact that is enjoyable, exploring another angle, I loved it. Very visual and greet narration, I would love to read more.

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great short story to while away half an hour with.

such a fun little tale. chimamanda is a great story teller and this is such a lovely way to spend a few minutes.