Friday, December 4, 2020

Zikora by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Zikora by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This superb short story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, on the surface, is about a woman giving birth to her first child. It describes the experience of that, both physical and emotional, in a beautiful way that felt very real.

But Zikora is also a story about love and relationships, both romantic relationships and especially the strained relationship between a mother and a daughter. It's about how those bonds can be complex, and how you don't always understand each other. It's about looking back and gaining new understanding of those people you love. It somehow explores these issues with impact and emotion in a short space (just 35 pages for the ebook or an hour and 15 minutes for audio).

A little icing on the cake came from the fantastic narration by Adepero Oduye (I listened to the audiobook). 

As an aside, Amazon has been knocking it out of the park lately with a selection of short stories that are free to read or listen to for Prime members, or just $1.99 if you're not. This book was part of that collection, so take advantage of your membership and check it out!

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