News from Home (by Sefi Atta) is a short story collection published in 2010 by Interlink books, an imprint of Interlink Publishing Group Ltd. There are eleven stories in this book, mostly set in Nigeria and spanning across oceans to London and America. The opening story ‘The Miracle Worker’ introduces us to Makinde, a poor mechanic in Lagos whose life somersaults the day his wife claims to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary on a windshield of an old car on his car-lot. The numbers that crowd his workplace the next day are overwhelming and he decides to turn a profit- the money he collects exposes him to more disaster and he eventually goes to the place he ridiculed- the church. In ‘Spoils’, a young Muslim girl, widowed at a young age laments about an NGO that helps young girls escape early marriages by giving them scholarships to further their education.
Born in 1964 in Nigeria,Sefi Atta grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, where she attended Queen’s College from 1974 to 1978, before moving to boarding school in England. She graduated with a business degree from Birmingham University in 1985 and trained as an accountant in London from 1988 to 1991.