A Bit of Difference by Sefi Atta

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Character is one of Atta's strongest points as a writer – each character, even the most fleeting, has a story, a mannerism that stays with the reader...This is a refreshing book from an author with a lot to say.
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A new novel from the winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature

At thirty-nine, Deola Bello, a Nigerian expatriate in London, is dissatisfied with being single and working overseas. Deola works as a financial reviewer for an international charity, and when her job takes her back to Nigeria in time for her father’s five-year memorial service, she finds herself turning her scrutiny inward. In Nigeria, Deola encounters changes in her family and in the urban landscape of her home, and new acquaintances who offer unexpected possibilities. Deola’s journey is as much about evading others’ expectations to get to the heart of her frustration as it is about exposing the differences between foreign images of Africa and the realities of contemporary Nigerian life. Deola’s urgent, incisive voice captivates and guides us through the intricate layers and vivid scenes of a life lived across continents. With Sefi Atta’s characteristic boldness and vision, A Bit of Difference limns the complexities of our contemporary world. This is a novel not to be missed.
 

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Atta was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She was educated there, in England and the United States, and is a graduate of the creative writing program at Antioch University, Los Angeles.
 
Published December 30, 2012 by Interlink Books. 321 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Anita Sethi on Mar 02 2014

Atta hones a distinctive voice to tell a memorable if uneven story about the quest to preserve uniqueness faced with pressure to conform...Not only does Atta consider the differences between places, between people, but conversely the extent to which we are the same.

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Reviewed by Helon Habila on Feb 22 2014

Character is one of Atta's strongest points as a writer – each character, even the most fleeting, has a story, a mannerism that stays with the reader...This is a refreshing book from an author with a lot to say.

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