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Publisher's Summary

As a powerful matriarchy reshapes the world, two men - old friends - confront the past and future in a bracing speculative short story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Americanah.

One night in Lagos, two former friends reunite. Obinna is a dutiful and unsophisticated stay-at-home husband and father married to a powerful businesswoman. Eze is single, a cautious rebel from his university days whose arrival soon upsets the balance in Obinna’s life. In a world where men are constantly under surveillance and subject to the whims of powerful women, more than Obinna’s ordered and accustomed routine might be on the line. 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s The Visit is part of Black Stars, a multi-dimensional collection of speculative fiction from Black authors. Each story is a world much like our own. Read or listen to them in a single sitting.

©2021 by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Poignant story, great performance

The performance was really quite excellent and the story itself leaves you feeling sad and disgusted by how true it is. By switching the male and female roles the point comes through painfully. This is what great art feels like when you experience it.

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Well done

It really emphasizes how toxic a power imbalance is by switching the gender roles.

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Through the Looking Glass and Around the Bend

The Visit was not what I thought it would be but was MUCH more than I ever could have expected from a short story. In this world that has figuratively transported men through the looking glass and around the bend into a reality where women are the dominant gender, the author gives us a glimpse at what society at large would look like if controlled by the “fairer sex.” All The Handmaid’s Tale-esque troupes are avoided, dodging the overused if-women-ran-the-world-life-would-be-a-walking-dystopian-novel-for-men narrative.

The aggravations and transgressions toward men are at the beginning are slight, but escalate quickly, albeit quietly to traumas women in our world traverse daily. From micro aggressions from spouses who’s power come only from the sex between their legs and being the gender held to esteem, to narrowly sidestepping atrocities that should be experienced by no one, but are inevitably covered over by silence that’s paid for by hidden tears in the wee hours of the night. This story doesn’t aim to show the reader/listener what life would be like IF women ruled the world, but to open up a window into what it IS like to be a woman ruled in our own.

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brilliant story

What a brilliant story. In a world where gender roles are reversed, this story begins with the criminalization of men's masturbation, and goes on to describe the life of Obbina and Amara, where Amara is an important businesswoman and Obbina the dutiful househusband. The story verges on the absurd, but when we reverse the roles back, we see that this is how our world is in reality. This is one of six stories from the series Black Stars, all of them speculative fiction. I started with this one because I appreciate Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche's writing. Curious to read the other stories in this series.

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Cool Sci-Fi

Cool twist on gender, gender issues & societal norms. It demonstrated how even more ridiculous are current norms/expectations are when roles were reversed

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Interesting

I found it very interesting how the typical male/female roles were reversed. Intriguing to say the least.

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Could have been something great

What if the matriarch was created differently. What if gender roles were reversed. This could have turned into something else wonderful, IF the plot was more to the plot. I felt it ended abruptly.

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So funny

I really enjoyed it. The story ended quickly but I wanted more. This was a blind listen and I had no idea what to expect. The story was engaging and it made me laugh.

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Another great piece from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!

I’ll be honest, at first I was confused by what was going on, but as I listened, I realized the sheer brilliance of the story and how it was written. Thank you CNA! 🙂

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Refreshing

It was a refreshing take on gender issues without outwardly bashing of the opposite. Sometimes it's good see how we are viewed as we are judging others.

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  • 01-16-22

Too Short

Loved it and wanted more. Made me imagine what life will be in matriarchal society