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Chimamanda Adiche Is Coming Again!

As part of the Amazon Original Stories, Chimamanda’s “Zikora,” a 35-page short story, will be published on Tuesday, the 27th of October, 2020, (with Prime members and Kindle Unlimited subscribers to be able to download it for free). “Zikora” shines the light on some of the challenges and complications associated with pregnancy and childbirth. It follows the titular character of a female Nigerian lawyer based in the United States.

Zikora is deserted by her high-powered lover after she learns that she is pregnant and must deal with the loss of her relationship while her demanding mother shows up to “help” prepare her for motherhood. The best part of all of this is that you can read an excerpt of the story right now. Check out the excerpt: All through the night my mother sat near me but never touched me. Once, I screamed, a short scream that lanced the air in the hospital room, and she said, “That’s how labor is,” in Igbo, and I wanted to say, “No shit,” but of course she didn’t understand colloquial Americanisms. I had prepared for pain but this was not mere pain. It was something like pain and different from pain. It sat like fire in my back, spreading to my thighs, squeezing and crushing my insides, pulling downward, spiraling.

It felt like the Old Testament. A plague. A primitive wind blowing at will, evil but purposelessly so, an overcoming in my body that didn’t need to be. Hour after hour of this, and yet the nurses said I wasn’t progressing. “You’re not progressing,” the smaller nurse said as though it were my fault.

The room felt too warm and then too cold. My arms itched, my scalp itched, and malaise lay over me like a mist. I wanted nothing touching my body. Excerpted from “Zikora,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, with permission from the publisher, Amazon Original Stories. Copyright ©2020 by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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