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News from home : stories

Author: Sefi Atta
Publisher: Northampton, Mass. : Interlink Books, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Atta lives in the U.S., and this powerful collection is about the search for home. In the irreverent title story, a young Nigerian gets a job as a nanny for a New Jersey family; she sneers at their African decor, but what dazzles her is the mall (scented toilet paper!). When Americans ask her where shes from, she ends up saying Africa; they dont know Nigeria. As gentle as it is horrifying, Last Trip is about a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Atta, Sefi.
News from home.
Northampton, Mass. : Interlink Books, 2010
(OCoLC)760988738
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sefi Atta
ISBN: 9781566568036 156656803X
OCLC Number: 472791782
Description: 293 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Miracle worker --
Hailstones on Zamfara --
Spoils --
Lawless --
Twilight trek --
A temporary position --
Madness in the family --
Last trip --
News from home --
Green --
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Responsibility: Sefi Atta.

Abstract:

Atta lives in the U.S., and this powerful collection is about the search for home. In the irreverent title story, a young Nigerian gets a job as a nanny for a New Jersey family; she sneers at their African decor, but what dazzles her is the mall (scented toilet paper!). When Americans ask her where shes from, she ends up saying Africa; they dont know Nigeria. As gentle as it is horrifying, Last Trip is about a courier from Lagos who boards a plane for London with a half-million dollars worth of heroin in her stomach; her commission will help care for her disabled son. In Twilight Trek, illegals are on a modern biblical exodus across the blazing Sahara desert; the wry narrator is desperate (Death I could live with), even as he confronts horrific global prejudice (foreign embassies dont grant Africans like us visas).

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