Everything Good Will Come has ratings and 90 reviews. karen said: in my mind, because i am notoriously illiterate when it comes time to read the back. Everything Good Will Come is about the coming-of-age of Enitan, the chief character, as she develops from a gripping aura of innocence to an. Abstract. Sefi Atta’s debut novel Everything Good Will Come () examines the growing up of a child from adolescence to adulthood. Through these various.

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She befriends her neighbour, Sheri, who is a rebel in every sense of the word, to the disapproval of her mother. This is award-winning novel is an iridescent introduction to a fascinating nation. One moment, Atta is talking about injustice and war and the next a feminist rant.

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Mike is the first man whom Enitan really likes when she comes back to Nigeria from college and he treats her well. I was sorry when I came to the end. I’m open to reading another book from this author, but I’d want to see some strong reviews first. Her rebellious nature is first seen when she defies her mother’s wishes and leaves the house on Sundays to play with the girl next door, Sheri, who is considered “yellow” because her father is Muslim aatta her mother is a white Coe woman.

Honestly, this book disappointed me. Mar 20, Anastasia rated it gooc it Shelves: Enitan goes to boarding school and university in England, and Sheri becomes Miss Nigeria.

Btw, this is the best section of the book and the shortest at 70 pages. Reading this so soon after eveerything Elena Ferrante’s first three Neapolitan novels, I was struck by the overlap of interests of these books: She is an interesting, complex and contradictory character. Enitan’s character explores a lot of territory, and debates herself, her friends, her co-workers and her family about all of the issues which keep affecting her as she is discovering herself.


I didn’t miss a thing.

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Nigeria, Novel, Sefi Atta, Synopsis. View all 3 comments. At this time, England and the United States were seen as more progressive in gender ideals by women having the ability to maintain independence, but they still faced bj in the work place as Enitan did in her father’s firm.

He fills her head with such ideas wll later when she grows up and uses his lessons against him he reverts to being a sexist male.

Plus, everyone knew about the currents that could drag a person away. Feb 17, karen rated it really liked it Shelves: Don’t waste your time reading this. Aug 12, Nate C. It isa 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. The writer didn’t shine away from going straight to portray the feminist mind of the main character.

Paying close attention, every the women in this book has a unique storyand no female character was left undeveloped.

The early afternoons were for eat and sleep breaks: Authors, I know you want to make clear who we’re meant to root for, but healthy people don’t just marry whoever looks their way. Something Good Comes to Nigerian literature. Open Preview See a Problem? She is often referred to as a strong person by Enitan. Niyi’s lack of support for his wife’s beliefs, along with her unwillingness to concede to his requests, leads to their separation.

Thematically, her work is wide-ranging and yet powerfully focused, everytthing different areas of concern drawn together so that they inform each other Her radio plays have been broadcast by the BBC.


Atta clearly tries to do what Emecheta did with her feminist rants, only it’s not well embedded.

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Underexplained books, books that described a colonial African so exotic I would want to be there myself, in a safari suit, served by some silent and dignified Kikuyu, evetything some other silent and dignified tribesman. Enitan makes two decisions and I understand and applaud one, but am still in two minds about the other.

Retrieved yb December Dec 25, Mwayi Louise Gowelo rated it liked it. Will her mother, who has become deeply religious since the death o Everything Good Will Come introduces an important new voice in contemporary fiction. Unlike a lot of African literature, this book seems aimed more at insiders than outsiders unsurprising since it specifically discusses this issuewith the result that the story and setting seem complex and authentic, although some of the dialogue was confusing to me as an American reader.

That giod my natural accent, I told her.

Sefi Atta was born in Lagos, Nigeria. There were several instances in this book that seemed as if the author was just throwing in a feminist rant.

Atta doesn’t explain, rather the text embodies the losses and conflicts of community and tradition in the age of extractivism; for example Enitan discovers in her relationship with an artist her limited knowledge of her Yoruba heritage, and remembers her mother’s flamboyant style of dress before she became absorbed in the church, and it’s possible to read the creeping cultural homogenisation of global neoliberalism in the language and desires of the characters, for example the way economic problems are blamed on Muslim ‘Northerners’.