Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on “Apollo”

This week, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s short story “Apollo” was published. The story follows a visit a young man named Okenwa pays to his retired parents, who tell him about the fate of a houseboy named Raphael, whom the family employed when Okenwa was young. In an interview with The New Yorker, Adichie explains her inspiration for the story: “I am fascinated by how aging can reshape a relationship with parents. How an adult child sees a parent through eyes often sharply different from the eyes of childhood.”

read more