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"Tender, fierce, vivid and memorable -- a bold, distinctive novel from a writer who doesn't compromise her integrity"
Leila Aboulela

"In this unique novel, outstanding new literary talent Sefi Atta takes great strides in style and form, to bring wit and passion to the heartbreaking story of Tolani and Rose, two young women struggling, not always successfully to make an honest living in contemporary Nigeria... Atta tells in an eminently readable voice the irreconcilable nature of the two friends' fates"
Tsitsi Dangarembga

"Sefi Atta has woven a quietly intricate powerful tale that pulls from problems of gender, class, and Lagosian life. It's a novel whose many colorful characters, compelling story, distinct place and turbulent time will stay with you long after you've read the last word."
Nnedi Okorafor

"The bustle, chaos and fast rhythm of Lagos jump from the pages of Swallow, Sefi Atta's new book. It is fiction steeped in life."
Véronique Tadjo

It is the mid 1980s in Lagos and the government's War Against Indiscipline and austerity measures are fully in operation. Tolani Ajao is a secretary working at Federal Community Bank. A succession of unfortunate events lead Tolani's roommate and colleague, Rose, to persuade her to consider drug trafficking as an alternative means of making a living. Tolani's subsequent struggle with temptation forces her to reconsider her morality and that of her mother Arike's, as she embarks on a turbulent journey of self-discovery.

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Used availability for Sefi Atta's Swallow

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Paperback Editions

July 2010 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Swallow
Author(s): Sefi Atta
ISBN: 1-56656-833-1 / 978-1-56656-833-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Interlink Pub Group
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Kindle Editions

November 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Swallow
Author(s): Sefi Atta
Publisher: Interlink Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

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