Book Size: 5.25" x 8"

Pages: 248

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781623717568

Imprint: Interlink Books

Release date: Fall 2024




$ 17.95

About this book

A young woman's quest for a better education results in a case of modern-day slavery, written by the award-winning author of Swallow and Everything Good Will Come.

What's in a name?... When Gift escapes the limited options of her small city in Nigeria for the chance to attend college in the U.S., she never imagines she could get entangled in an international controversy about domestic servitude. Refusing to blame or be labeled, Gift draws on her deep well of self-respect, determined to write her own story.


About the author

Sefi Atta was born in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1964. She is the author of the novels, Everything Good Will Come, Swallow, A Bit of Difference, The Bad Immigrant, and The Bead Collector; a collection of short stories, News from Home; Sefi Atta: Selected Plays; and a children’s book, Drama Queen. Atta co-wrote a forthcoming Netflix original movie based on her novel Swallow and her play Death Road was a semifinalist for the 2021 National Playwrights Conference. She 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.


“Written with tender, wry humor, Good-for-Nothing Girl is a must-read for anyone fascinated by journeys of self-discovery across continents and cultures. A beautifully observed novel without a sentence wasted.”
– Yaba Badoe, author of Lionheart Girl


“A swift-paced, complicated coming-of-age story that examines class, cultural friction, and one girl’s journey to define her own story in a world determined to do that for her.”
– Jordan Ifueko, author of Raybearer


“Self-agency is often not acknowledged in worlds where girls are raised to live within the boundaries of adult expectations. Good-for-Nothing Girl celebrates this sense of personal control and reinforces that it is not about what you are called but how you respond.”
– Yejide Kilanko, author of A Good Name


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