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Everything Good Will Come

A Novel
Atta, Sefi (Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Everything Good Will Come
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In the Shadow of Silence introduces an important new voice in contemporary fiction. With insight and a lyrical wisdom reminiscent of Edwidge Danticat, 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 Taiwo'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 born of privilege and the other, a lower class "half-caste"; one who is prepared to manipulate the traditional system while the other 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, In the Shadow of Silence is Enitan's story; one of a fierecely intelligent, strong young woman coming of age in a culture that still insists on feminine submission. The novel 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.
Authors: Atta, Sefi
Title: Everything good will come
a novel
Publisher: Northampton, Mass. : Interlink Books, 2005
Characteristics: 336 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Sefi Atta
ISBN: 1566565707
Branch Call Number: FICTION ATTA
Subject Headings: Nigeria Fiction Social classes Fiction Women Nigeria Fiction Female friendship Fiction
Genre/Form: Feminist fiction
Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Social classes
Women
Female friendship
LCCN: 2004012437
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Charts the unlikely friendship between two young Nigerian girls; one defiant and free spirited and the other obedient and conforming through adulthood when both find themselves resisting tradition in their own way.

Atta's novel charts the fate of two African girls, one born of privilege and the other a lower class ';half-caste';--one who is prepared to manipulate the traditional system while the other attempts to defy it.


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Feb 15, 2012
  • KarenChadwick rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sefi Atta is an incredible author. Would highly recommend any of her novels.

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