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The Bad Immigrant

The Bad Immigrant
Sefi Atta By (author)
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5.3 X 8.0 in
362 pg

FICTION / World Literature / Africa / Nigeria
FICTION / African American / General
FICTION / Family Life / General


An account of an immigrant family's struggle and the lessons learned about diversity from the Wole Soyinka prize-winning author of Everything Good Will Come.


“[T]he latest from the award-winning Atta [is] a fun, thought-provoking, and refreshing culture-clash tale featuring a loving family adapting to a strange, new land.” - Booklist

"Sefi Atta’s layered novel examines the culture clash faced by migrants trying to assimilate while still preserving their identities. Atta’s intelligent, unfiltered, satirical storytelling is compelling and compassionate." - Christian Science Monitor

“Atta is unflinching in her portrayal … This is a trenchant and notable take on the immigrant experience.” - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“An outstanding book from an exceptional author in which words seamlessly build on one another to erect a towering tale of compromise, tenacity, and hope, interlaced with wittiness and keen observations about culture and human character.”author of The Clothes of Nakedness and Winner of the 1999 and 2006 Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes (Africa Region) - Benjamin Kwakye

“Atta humorously and honestly executes the story of Karim family as they try to make sense of the elusive American dream after winning the visa lottery. A hilarious, painfully candid, and thoroughly captivating read.”author of Three Women - Bunmi Oyinsan

“A clever, compassionate and swift-paced exploration of identity, race, and belonging. In prose that is both witty and sharp, Atta draws the reader into an unforgettable tale of an immigrant family finding ways to live their own versions of the American Dream. A brilliant, brilliant book.”author of Better Never than Late - Chika Unigwe

Author Bio

Sefi Atta was born in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1964. She is the author of the novels, Everything Good Will Come, Swallow, A Bit of Difference, The Bad Immigrant, and The Bead Collector; a collection of short stories, News from Home; Sefi Atta: Selected Plays; and a children’s book, Drama Queen. Atta co-wrote a forthcoming Netflix original movie based on her novel Swallow and her play Death Road was a semifinalist for the 2021 National Playwrights Conference. She has received several literary awards, including the 2006 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa and the 2009 Noma Award for Publishing in Africa. Her radio plays have been broadcast by the BBC and her stage plays have been performed internationally. She divides her time between the United States, England and Nigeria.