Swallow by Sefi Atta

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A new novel from the winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature

It is the mid-1980s in Lagos, Nigeria, and the government's War against Indiscipline is in full operation. Amid poverty and tight rules and regulations, women especially must sacrifice dignity and safety in order to find work and peace. Tolani Ajao is a secretary working at Federal Community Bank. A succession of unfortunate events leads Tolani's roommate and volatile friend Rose to persuade her to consider drug trafficking as an alternative means of making a living. Tolani's struggle with temptation forces her to reconsider her morality and that of her mother, Arike; Swallow weaves the stories of the two women intricately together in a vivid, unforgettable portrayal of Tolani's turbulent journey of self-discovery.

About Sefi Atta

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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 November 1, 2012 by Interlink Books. 296 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Rose and Tolani (the novel’s narrator) share both a friendship and a workplace—a bank in Lagos—but at the beginning of the novel, Rose is sacked for refusing the advances of the repulsive Mr. Salako, a senior manager.

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