Book Review: The Visit by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This was a super quick read (listen) but packed with so much to ponder.

‘The Visit’ is a speculative fictional story where women rule the world and men take the places of women in the home and in the society in general. I found most of it quite funny and found myself smiling all through the time I listened to the book. It also drew my attention to certain things that I never gave much of a thought to because as an African woman living in Africa, it seemed normal but as roles were reversed, the story highlighted the absurdity of several things that women have had to deal with for centuries.

I am curious to know how men in general are reacting to this story and if this perspective would make a difference in how they see women, understand what women go through in the society and begin to make changes.

I highly recommend this short story. It can be read in less than hour.

Rating: 5 stars

Published: August 31st 2021 by Amazon Original Stories

Pages: 20

Genre: Short Story/Speculative Fiction

The Author:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria.

Her work has been translated into over thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, including The New YorkerGrantaThe O. Henry Prize Stories, the Financial Times, and Zoetrope. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and a New York Times Notable Book; and Americanah, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named one of The New York Times Top Ten Best Books of 2013. Ms. Adichie is also the author of the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck.

Ms. Adichie has been invited to speak around the world. Her 2009 TED Talk, The Danger of A Single Story, is now one of the most-viewed TED Talks of all time. Her 2012 talk We Should All Be Feminists has a started a worldwide conversation about feminism, and was published as a book in 2014.

Her most recent book, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, was published in March 2017.

A recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, Ms. Adichie divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

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