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Everything Good Will Come by Sefi Atta
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May 20, 07

bookshelves: international, literary
Read in September, 2006

Fantastic Nigerian novel!!! It was really, really nice to read something that was stylistically so different from American/European novels. It follows the life of a woman as she grows up and becomes a lawyer. One of the things that I most appreciated about it was that the protagonist, Enitan, makes very conscientious decisions about what she wants for her life, about being a "modern woman," among other thintgs.

"It's easier to walk around a rock," she said. "Than to break it down, and you still get where you're going. I saw that in the past I'd been inclined to want to break rocks, stamping my feet and throwing tantrums when I couldn't. Acting without grace. So cynical was I about the core of strength an Afican woman was meant to possess, untouchable, impenetrable, because I didn't possess one myself.
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