It is 1971, a year after the Biafran War, and Nigeria is under military rule–though the politics of the state matter less than those of her home to Enitan Taiwo, an eleven-year-old girl tired of waiting for school to start.
Will her mother, who has become deeply religious since the death of Enitan’s brother, allow her friendship with the new girl next door, the brash and beautiful Sheri Bakare?
This novel charts the fate of these two African girls; one who is prepared to manipulate the traditional system and one who attempts to defy it.
Sefi Atta (born January 1964) is a prize-winning Nigerian-American author, playwright and screenwriter. Her books have been translated into many languages, radio plays have been broadcast by the BBC, and her stage plays have been performed internationally. Awards she has received include the 2006 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa and the 2009 Noma Award for Publishing in Africa.