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"_Everything Good Will Come_ is an original, witty coming-of-age tale: Tom Sawyer meets Jane Eyre, with Nigerian girls. Reading Everything Good....you can feel the dust and the sun... an iridescent introduction to a fascinating nation." - Observer, UK.

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"There is wit, intelligence and a delicious irreverence in this book. But it is Sefi Atta's courage in choosing to look at her fictional world through fiercely feminist lenses that I most admired." - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of _Purple Hibiscus_ and _Half of a Yellow Sun_.

"_Everything Good Will Come_ depicts the struggles women face in a conservative society. This is convincing; more remarkable is what the novel has to say about the need to speak out when all around is falling apart. " - Times Literary Supplement, UK.

Again and again Atta's writing tugs at the heart, at the conscience. At the same time, reflecting the resilience of the Lagosians whose lives she explores, humour is almost constant, effervescent." - Sunday Independent, South Africa.

"A literary masterpiece... _Everything Good Will Come_ put me into a spell from the first page to the very last... It portrays the complicated society and history of Nigeria through... brilliant prose." - World Literature Today.

"A contemporary rendering of the Nigerian female experience in the footsteps of Buchi Emecheta and Flora Nwapa. It brought the Lagos Queen's Drive, Dolphin Square and Surulere alive." - The Nigerian Guardian, Nigeria.

"This is another one of those impressive debuts that make writing a first novel look a lot easier than it probably is. Sefi Atta takes familiar themes (friendship and coming of age) and breathes new life into them. I have to agree with one of the previous reviews in that Atta recreates the sights and smells of Naija so vividly. Lagos life and people are depicted with such vibrancy that you're transported there on the pages of the book. Sheri, the narrator Enitan's best friend, is a larger than life character, even though she is not particularly likeable.

Atta covers a vast array of subjects in the book from rape and its aftermath, loveless marriages, religious fanaticism, political upheaval and oppression and the prevaling theme of how an assertive woman struggles to take control of her life when the society in which she grows up encourages her to jettison her independence of thought and self-respect. Atta also portrays the political turmoil Nigeria faced, especially under the Abacha regime, in such a way that is informative without being a dull history lesson, detached from the rest of the book. I enjoyed the first half of 'Everything...' the most because it covers the early years of the friends lives from childhood to young adults; starting in the 1960s and ending in the 1980s. In the second half, as the book comes more up to date the politics take centre stage and when her father vanishes mysteriously, Enitan is forced to get more involved. Up until then she's done a very good job of sticking her head in the sand.

I have to apologise to Miss Atta for taking so long to write this review. I promised to put it up when I met her at a literary convention last year. It shouldn't take any prompting from the author for me to heartily recommend this book in any case." - Amazon 4-Star Customer Review.

Winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa, 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.

About the Author: Sefi Atta was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She was educated there, in Britain and the United States.

A former chartered accountant and CPA, she is a graduate of the creative writing program at Antioch University, Los Angeles. Her short stories have appeared in journals such as the Los Angeles Review and Mississipi Review and have won prizes from Zoetrope and Red Hen Press. Her radio plays have been broadcast by the BBC. She is the winner of PEN International’s 2004/2005 David TK Wong Prize. Everything Good Will Come was awarded the inaugural Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa in 2006.

She lives in Meridian, Mississippi with her husband Gboyega Ransome-Kuti, a medical doctor, and their daughter, Temi, and teaches at Mississippi State University.

Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 204 x 134mm
Page extent: 336 pages
Publication date: April 2008 (UK)
ISBN-13: 978-1904456-95-7

Date added: January 18, 2008

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