by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, January LaVoy (Narrator)
In an election season widely seen as stranger than fiction, we decided to turn to fiction to see how it might illuminate today’s befuddling political climate. For the first time ever, the Book Review has commissioned an original short story. The assignment: Write anything about this election season you like. The result, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “The Arrangements,” on our cover this week, updates Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway” — with Melania Trump as Clarissa.
So after so much reluctance and years telling everyone that I wasn’t ‘an audiobook person’, it seems that I’m hooked and I’ve listened to more than I’ve read recently! A teeny tiny book of 16 pages and a very short audiobook, “The Arrangements” is my latest read.
“The Arrangements” started its life as a short story published by The New York Times. Tasked with writing about the 2016 US election, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote a fictional story told from the perspective of Donald Trump’s wife Melania.
I don’t want to spoil this short read for you but to give you a rough idea of the plot: Melania is secretly sabotaging Donald’s presidential campaign.
I listened to this story and it was a fun, entertaining way to spend 30 minutes. I probably wouldn’t recommend you go out of your way to listen to or read it, but if you are able to access it through an unlimited subscription, as I did, it’ll probably put a smile on your face for half an hour.
Overall rating: A quick read but still entertaining, “The Arrangements” is a quirky, fictional short story about Donald Trump and his family. Give it a try if you’ve got a spare 30 minutes. I wouldn’t say it was anything special, but an enjoyable 3 stars from me!