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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

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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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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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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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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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Unfinished

I thought there have tied up some strings of the story. It would help if other characters would have have been developed.

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Must read for parents

This short story transcends time and place. Any expectant parent should read it. Beautifully performed.

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A beautiful story about growing pains...

Lessons in life, family, legacy and love. I found myself transitioning through a range of emotions as I listened to this audiobook.

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Highly Recommend

I have had Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on my list of authors whose works I want to read, and am so glad I found this short story. I loved the storytelling as well as the narration, and look forward to more from both the author and narrator.

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I want to know the rest. . .

This book follows a young Nigerian lawyer, Zikora, living in DC as she endures pregnancy and single parenthood due to her younger boyfriend Kwame leaving her. Her strained relationship with her mother is tested and reevaluated as Zikora’s mother stays in America to help Zikora with her new born baby. This short book touched on women’s bodies, issues during pregnancy, abortions, abuse, and the ignorance some men have when it comes to how a woman’s body works.

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i liked it

Loved the story line. However, I needed more. more about the relationship and baby future

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  • 10-31-20

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
  • 10-28-20

Chimamanda always brings it on. .

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

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  • 01-17-21

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!

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  • rhoda agbamuche
  • 01-13-21

Beautiful story

Lovely brilliant writing and story , gave it a 4 star as the story didn't have an ending.

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  • LG
  • 12-21-20

Moving reality

A woman's story which could be anyone. A short account of bringing a child into the world and the compromise between the perfection we predict for our lives and our lives as they really are.

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  • 12-19-20

Found it boring and depressing.

Found it boring and depressing. Just not my cup of tea. it was monotonous narration as well. overall its a disappointing read.

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  • 12-18-20

Great story, well narrated.

loved it as with everything I have read by Adiche. Wished it was longer though l.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-17-20

Great job! Beautiful writing and perfect narration

Chimamanda never fails to impress me, she told a beautiful story of love and confusion, and the Adeporo(Narrator) did a great job at painting the story to me the listener, totally worth it!

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  • 12-16-20

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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  • Luiza
  • 12-12-20

Another astonishing book

An intense story, written and read with feeling, makes you think you’re in Zikora’s shoes and feel the abandon, the anger, the happiness, the uncertainty, amongst so many moments in life.