Things Are Good Now

February 11, 2018|
Things Are Good Now by Djamila Ibrahim
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Set in East Africa, the Middle East, Canada, and the U.S., Things Are Good Now examines the weight of the migrant experience on the human psyche. In these pages, women, men, and children who've crossed continents in search of a better life find themselves struggling with the chaos of displacement and the religious and cultural clashes they face in their new homes. A maid who travelled to the Middle East lured by the prospect of a well-paying job is trapped in the Syrian war. A female ex-freedom fighter immigrates to Canada only to be relegated to cleaning public washrooms and hospital sheets. A disillusioned civil servant struggles to come to grips with his lover's imminent departure. A young Muslim Canadian woman who'd married her way to California to escape her devout family's demands realizes she's made a mistake.

The collection is about remorse and the power of memory, about the hardships of a post-9/11 reality that labels many as suspicious or dangerous because of their names or skin colour alone, but it's also about hope and friendship and the intricacies of human relationships. Most importantly, it's about the compromises we make to belong.

DJAMILA IBRAHIM was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and moved to Canada in 1990. Her stories have been shortlisted for the University of Toronto's Penguin Random House Canada Student Award for Fiction and Briarpatch Magazine's creative writing contest. She was formerly a senior advisor for Citizenship and Immigration Canada. She lives i...
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Title:Things Are Good NowFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:288 pages, 8 X 5.25 X 0.7 inShipping dimensions:288 pages, 8 X 5.25 X 0.7 inPublished:February 11, 2018Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1487001886

ISBN - 13:9781487001889

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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