: Atta (S.)

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275pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014


A novel about a Nigerian expatriate living and working in London who returns to Lagos to visit her widowed mother and troubled siblings.

"An up-close portrait of middle-class Nigeria exploring the boundaries of morals and public decorum. Pitched between humor and despair, with stripped-down, evocative prose, A Bit of Difference bristles with penknife-sharp dialogue, but its truths are more subtle, hiding in the unspoken. Ultimately, A Bit of Difference explores - with a hint of mischief - the problem of how to look like you have no problems when you have abundant problems - the universal problem of the socially-motivated classes." Nii Parkes, author of Tail of the Blue


Sefi Atta was born in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1964. She is the author of Everything Good Will Come (winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature), Swallow, News from Home, and Sefi Atta: selected plays. She divides her time between the United States, England and Nigeria.