Book Size: 5.25" x 8"

Pages: 336

Format: Hardback & Paperback

ISBN: 9781566565707 HB
ISBN: 9781566567046 PB

Imprint: Interlink Books

Edition: 1

Release date: 2005

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Everything Good Will Come

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“Everything Good Will Come is like listening to an old friend recounting and bring up-to-date and to life the happenings in our beloved city of Lagos. From Ikoyi bordering the Marina, to the south nearing Yoruba towns, every part is reawakened and alive: red, throbbing, like the heartbeat of a healthy newborn… I was sorry when I came to the end.” – Buchi Emecheta, author of The Joys of Motherhood

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About this book

Everything Good Will Come introduces an important new voice in contemporary fiction.

With insight and a lyrical wisdom, Nigerian-born Sefi Atta has written a powerful and eloquent story set in her African homeland. It is 1971, a year after the Biafran War, and Nigeria is under military rule- though the politics of the state matter less than those of her home to Enitan Taiwo, an eleven-year-old girl tired of waiting for school to start. Will her mother, who has become deeply religious since the death of Enitan's brother, allow her friendship with the new girl next door, the brash and beautiful Sheri Bakare?

This novel charts the fate of these two African girls; one who is prepared to manipulate the traditional system and one who attempts to defy it. Written in the voice of Enitan, the novel traces this unusual friendship into their adult lives, against the backdrop of tragedy, family strife, and a war-torn Nigeria. In the end, Everything Good Will Come is Enitan's story; one of a fiercely intelligent, strong young woman coming of age in a culture that still insists on feminine submission. Enitan bucks the familial and political systems until she is confronted with the one desire too precious to forfeit in the name of personal freedom: her desire for a child.

Everything Good Will Come evokes the sights and smells of Africa while imparting a wise and universal story of love, friendship, prejudice, survival, politics, and the cost of divided loyalties.

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About the author

Sefi Atta was born in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1964. She is the author of Everything Good Will Come, Swallow, News from Home, A Bit of Difference and Sefi Atta: Selected Plays. Atta has received several literary awards, including the 2006 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa and the 2009 Noma Award for Publishing in Africa. Her radio plays have been broadcast by the BBC and her stage plays have been performed internationally. She divides her time between the United States, England and Nigeria.

Reviews

“Everything Good Will Come is like listening to an old friend recounting and bring up-to-date and to life the happenings in our beloved city of Lagos. From Ikoyi bordering the Marina, to the south nearing Yoruba towns, every part is reawakened and alive: red, throbbing, like the heartbeat of a healthy newborn… I was sorry when I came to the end.” – Buchi Emecheta, author of The Joys of Motherhood

Additional information

Author

Atta, Sefi

Edition

1

Inprint

Interlink Books

Pages

336

Illustrator

David, Madeleine

Release date

2005

Author Home

USA & Nigeria

Format

5 1/4" x 8"

Reviews

"Everything Good Will Come is like listening to an old friend recounting and bring up-to-date and to life the happenings in our beloved city of Lagos. From Ikoyi bordering the Marina , to the south nearing Yoruba towns , every part is reawakened and alive: red , throbbing , like the heartbeat of a healthy newborn… I was sorry when I came to the end."å – Buchi Emecheta , author of The Joys of Motherhood

MainReview

"Everything Good Will Come is like listening to an old friend recounting and bring up-to-date and to life the happenings in our beloved city of Lagos. From Ikoyi bordering the Marina, to the south nearing Yoruba towns, every part is reawakened and alive: red, throbbing, like the heartbeat of a healthy newborn… I was sorry when I came to the end."å – Buchi Emecheta, author of The Joys of Motherhood

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Paperback, Hardback