In News from Home, Atta showcases what, to me, is her finest work.
In the collection of ten short stories, we meet funny, engaging, some down-on-their-luck, characters and Sefi is deftly able to narrate the tales of illegal immigration, extra-marital affairs, homosexuality, religion, romance in a way that keeps you immersed in the literature.
We meet characters living in Zamfara, in Mississippi, in London, and in between. Already, I loved Atta, after reading three of her other novels (reviewed below) – but now, now truly I’m head over heels. My favourite story has to be Yahoo Yahoo, told through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy called Idowu, whose parents are quirky and rife with emotional baggage. What Atta gives you are human characters that will make you laugh and sigh.