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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

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Chimamanda, all day any day.

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

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Chimamanda always brings it on. .

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

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The struggle of the women of colour

this book puts into words the struggle of being a woman and wanting a family especially where women of color are concerned

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  • 27-11-20

So eloquently expressing universal connection.

Zikora's personal characteristics highlighted how relatable she was as a human, regardless of clear differences. I really enjoyed meeting her and sharing the intimate journey through her experience.

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The power of motherhood?

Beautifully written to encompass the glory and the pain of a pregnancy, wanted but not by the biological father, and then the pain and the wonder of the birth of a baby - her son. Interesting cultural issues are covered in sensitive way that do not detract from the narrative. I loved it.

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Great (audio) book

I loved listening to this. As a British native of Nigeria, it made me reminisce of my childhood and I was able relate to the story line; not because I have experienced it, but because I know that the storyline is one that exists within the culture. it also made me homesick 😢. Although the orator is of yoruba origins (I think) and it was obvious to me when she tried to say certain things in Igbo, I loved that the she stuck to the Nigerian accent which is fabulous to hear.

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Simply beautiful

A gorgeous and honest portrait of birth and new motherhood. Chimamanda's characters and observations are always so perfectly formed and this is no exception.

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Simply Amazing

Wow, beautiful and insightful story. I would highly recommend this book as it explores a story rarely talked about.

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We need the full book!!!!

So good I hope there's a longer part 2! The story line is really interesting.

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A Sad Story of People Adrift in an Unhinged World

Sad and hopeless, reflecting a confused and bewildered society and characters hopelessly adrift in a world unhinged from commitment to other, and without any vision of purpose or destiny. As such all - with the exception of Zikora’s mother - seem doomed to a life of self-interest, selfishness and self-indulgence.

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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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  • 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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  • YONGFACES
  • 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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  • Syed Waqas
  • 01-12-20

good. quick listen

This was surprisingly real! I gave birth a year ago andnit all came flooding back. the narrator does a great job!

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  • Tom
  • 27-11-20

A Sad, difficult Story of a sad, difficult affair.

Adichie beautifully conveys the feelings of a woman suffering in the aftermath of being abandoned by her lover and giving birth to her son

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  • Tanyika Stephenson
  • 26-11-20

Amazing!!

Loved everything about it. Only sad it’s a short story and not a novel/book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-11-20

Beautiful story wonderful performance

Written beautifully and touches cleverly and gently the issues that are the source of gender inequality. Important read to every man and woman and enjoyable too.

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  • Kennedy
  • 18-11-20

Lonely and beautiful

This is a poignant mother/daughter relationship showing both in a moment of gender loneliness and awareness.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-11-20

ZIkora

The book ended and I didn’t know what was happening. Is there more to the book. More information needed to give a better rating