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A Bit of Difference

by Sefi Atta

A Bit of Difference
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    Dec 2012, 224 pages

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Tamara Smith

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A Nigerian expatriate woman, living in London, comes to peace with her ever-changing sense of home

I found myself feeling very much at home as I read Sefi Atta's descriptions of adult sibling dynamics – the familiar ways that sisters and brothers, no matter how old they are and how far away they live from one another, fall back into their childhood taunts and jokes and tensions when they go back home. And yet I also felt like I was in unfamiliar territory. The landscape was completely foreign to me – the heat of Lagos, the fenced homes, and the drivers, not to mention the actual taunts and jokes, which are decidedly Nigerian. A Bit of Difference is both universal and specific at the same time. It explores the subjects of family life (i.e. the adult sibling relationships above), feminism, charity work, racism, and religion – all of which cross country and cultural lines – but this is a Nigerian story, and each of these subjects is explored from a nuanced, multi-...

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