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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I will describe the older Enitan as childish, confused, self-centered, indecisive and antagonistic. While married to Sunny, she is constantly ridiculed for her beliefs and actions and seems psychotic with her part in the church. Then Enitan goes off to boarding school; when she returns home for vacation, she witnesses something terrible happen to her friend. To a Nigerian woman being barren is the worst thing that a woman could be and being able to have children is the major value of a woman which Sheri has now lost.

One moment, Atta is talking about injustice and war and the next a feminist rant. Sheri and Enitan are very important characters because they show the contrast between the two ways that a woman can survive in Nigeria. Enitan’s char Enitan, at 11 years old, living in an affluent neighbourhood in Nigeria in the early s, meets her neighbour, 11 year old Sheri Bakare, a headstrong miscreant with a knack for trouble, and this is pretty much where Enitan’s life begins.

My only reservation is in all the socio-political commentary in this book, Fela’s name was not mentioned even once. Or a dark dark Africa, with snakes and vines and ooga-booga dialects.

Her own time in jail shows Enitan for the reality of how the people in her country, specifically the woman, are being treated by the people on power.


A story of love and survival through tragedy, family troubles and of course, Nigeria itself. This is an easy read with far-from-easy themes. 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. It follows the life of a woman as she grows up and becomes a lawyer. This is convincing; more remarkable is what the novel has to say about the need to speak out when all around is falling apart.

Everything Good Will Come introduces an important new voice in contemporary fiction. My Name Is Leon.

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There are no delusions in Atta’s novel, no romanticisation or overstating of a case. This is an interesting and colorful, but also disjointed and rushed, story of a young sefk growing up in Lagos, Nigeria. I decided to skip to the last ten pages. At the same time, reflecting the resilience of the Lagosians whose lives she explores, humour is almost constant, effervescent, most often satirical slant. But surely it was in the interest of self-preservation to fight what felt like annihilation?

This is an early example for her of how the men in her life cannot be relied upon and only think of themselves. Btw, this is the best section of the book and the seffi at 70 pages. Spain Sri Lanka St.

In an attempt to rule its own region, the Igbo declared themselves independent from Nigeria, and named the southeastern region of the nation Biafra. Hardcoverpages.

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Sometimes it felt like I was fighting annihilation. 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. See if you have enough points for this item. Her work stands as a paean to her god character’s strengths and her determination to combat oppression.


I really don’t care about her. Written in the voice of Enitan, the novel traces this unusual friendship into their adult lives, against the backdrop of tragedy, everyything strife, and a war-torn Nigeria. When she returns to Nigeria she realizes her father has become politically involved, is imprisonment and, despite the objections of her husband, so does she.

Please review your cart. 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: I wanted to tell everyone, “I!

Come here and divide our country yb one of their bloody teacakes. Born inSefi Atta was only seven years in when the novel begins. Newer Post Older Post Home. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. everjthing

Entian loves an artist until that doesn’t work out, but we never really feel her pain, despite having given us an interesting new character.

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I appreciated observing how Enitan’s views on her place as a woman in Nigerian society and her understanding of man-woman relationships evolved over time, even though sometimes her bluster was somewhat grating at times. To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. The story progresses along with Enitan’s life. Aug 12, Nate C. Tom Sawyer meets Jane Eyre, with Nigerian girls…you can feel the dust and sun.

Although this passage is not representative of the novel or what it’s about, it was one of my favorite parts: The End of the Day. Oct 23, Muthoni Muiruri rated it it was ok.