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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Enitan is a strong female lead in the novel who fights the traditional male dominant culture that she lives in.

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The characters she uses and how they relate and interact with each other brings across a certain perspective and reality, more often that not, we as individuals face and decide how to handle. Later in the novel Enitan’s mother is a woman who tried everything to save her son and breaks down when nothing can be done.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. By being based in a true Nigerian culture and political atmosphere, this fictional story has relevance to the time period in which it is set. Their friendship builds as they continue to defy Enitan’s mother by seeing each other.

Sometimes it felt like I was fighting annihilation.

Seems logical, but with all of her thoughts so far in the book, why didn’t we get more inside her head for these things? Item s unavailable for purchase.


Women are not presidents. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. We Need New Names. Pachinko National Book Award Finalist. Feminists will look at it that way perhaps but for me, it was a boring book.

But the personal is political, and the political is personal, and Atta takes care to show how Enitan’s beliefs and analysis are rooted in her experiences and in her interactions with other women.

The Lives of Others. Stamped from the Beginning. A young girl, Enitan, growing up in war torn Nigeria meets her neighbor, the beautiful Sheri. Thematically, her work is wide-ranging and yet powerfully focused, the different areas of concern drawn together so that they inform each other I didn’t miss a thing.

The history of this novel follows Nigeria through a civil war and into the Second and Third Republic, all times of different political powers but connected through the character’s lives.

A few reviewers on Goodreads mention how unlikeable Enitan is.

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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. Retrieved 4 December Enitan goes tood boarding school and university ckme England, and Sheri becomes Miss Nigeria. Currently, all tribes of Nigeria are functioning in a cooperative manner though underlying tension still strains the relationship.

I really don’t care about her. 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 discrimination in the work place as Enitan did in her father’s firm.


But from the part where Enitan was married had me trying to connect the young Enitan and the older Enitan and it just didn’t fit. Sheri is now a secondary character.

On her way out, she witnesses the three men pinning Sheri down raping her and bruising her body as they degrade her. The main difference lies in the different political atmosphere each generation faces.

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Hot, hot were the days as I remember them, with runny-egg sunshine and brief breezes. Enitan’s character explores a lot of territory, and debates herself, her friends, her co-workers and her family about all of the issues gkod keep affecting her as she is discovering herself. Living in a Nigeria steeped with tradition and at the same time embroiled in political upheaval, Enitan struggles to become her true self in a society where women bg fewer rights than men and those who are independent and outspoken are seen as disrespectful and dangerous.

Goodd How We Walk. Or, get it for Kobo Super Points! Then she tires of England, returns to Lagos, and clashes with her father. To combat these issues Atta shows the negative effects and allows her main female protagonists to gain independence in the conclusion of the novel. Despite the differences in their beliefs, their friendship was super strong.