Things Are Good Now

Things Are Good Now

by Djamila Ibrahim
  • debut
  • diversity
  • literary
  • short-stories
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.


Djamila Ibrahim, author

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 in Toronto.


  • How do you love a nation that betrayed, imprisoned, or otherwise hurt you and your loved ones? This is the question nagging at the heart of Djamila Ibrahim’s debut short-story collection, "Things Are Good Now.” - Literary Review of Canada Link to review
  • Ibrahim writes with intensity and empathy, drawing believably complex characters who are understandably torn between bleak alternatives. "Things Are Good Now" feels fresh and raw and real. - Toronto Star Link to review
  • “Things Are Good Now" should be included on every to-be-read list. Each story is powerful and important, and each voice, while fictional, is a perfect representation of hard truths. These voices should be heard. - THIS Magazine Link to review

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: House of Anansi Press



rights sold: Italian (Mondadori)

rights available: World, excl. English Canada

Additional Information

number of pages: 244

publication date: 02/11/2018

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book