Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie doesn’t cease to amaze.
In her latest work of fiction, requested by The New York Times Book Review, Chimamanda takes us into the intimate lives of the Trump family through the perspective of Melania Trump – the U.S. election a mere backdrop to the simple yet meticulous life of a well-to-do trophy wife.
The story, titled Arrangements, builds to the 50th wedding anniversary of Melania Trump’s parents for which she has made arrangements to order “unusual orchids.”
Chimamamda’s gift in writing is being able to humanize characters, no matter how grotesque, in the simplest of details. From Melania’s complicated domestic life to Trump’s impulsive tweets, she narrates a very believable depiction of the Trumps and their relation to each other:
“Her phone chimed; a text from Donald. I’m leading in the latest poll. National! Nice!”
“It was probably what he had tweeted as well. He copied and pasted his tweets to her in text messages. Once she had suggested he hold back on a tweet and he replied that he had already tweeted it. He showed her his tweets after he had sent them, not before.”
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