Djamila Ibrahim’s writing is clear, honest, and grounded in a mature vision of lives rooted and uprooted in North America, the Middle East, and East Africa. In her short story collection, Things Are Good Now, she introduces characters that are caught in turmoil both emotional and geopolitical, in Sudan, Ethiopia, Syria, the United States, and Canada. Their struggle to gain control over their lives is sometimes advanced and at other times stymied as they move in and out of Canada. Ibrahim’s debut is bold, ambitious, and compassionate. Readers will be enthralled by her stories, and enriched for having come to empathize with her characters.