Doing Dangerously Well

Publisher: Vintage Canada
A dark comedy about disaster capitalism, cutthroat office politics, vicious sibling rivalry, hapless do-gooderism and the corporatization of water.

When a humanitarian catastrophe strikes Nigeria, an unforgettable cast of Machiavellian opportunists and quixotic do-gooders swoop in to make the most of the tragedy.

Some time in the near future, Kainji Dam, the engineering marvel that is the pride of Nigeria, collapses, killing thousands of villagers. The Minister of Natural Resources can hardly believe his luck - now he can make a bid for the presidency. On the other side of the world, the grimly ambitious executive of a water company also sniffs an opportunity - to make her bosses happy by privatizing a major African river. Her sister, Barbara, who has never encountered a cause she wouldn't carry a placard for, joins forces with Femi Jegede, a charismatic Nigerian activist whose family was swept away in the disaster. The result: a wickedly satirical romp along a road to hell paved with both good and bad intentions. Brazen, hilarious and sublimely written, Carole Enahoro's debut novel is simply dazzling.

From the Hardcover edition.


Kainji Dam
Striding like a panther, but with greater self-assurance, Amos parted the crowds at the market in Ndadu. His threads were making visual contact with the General Public and, not surprisingly, jaws dropped, flies entered. It is true that the GeePee had seen his sort before...
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"It is no mean thing to say that Enahoro has caught something of our time. Doing Dangerously Well does just that, an intriguing and heartfelt assault."
--The Globe and Mail

"A diabolically satirical farce that leaves you shaking your head at one moment and quaking with laughter the next."

“Reading Carole Enahoro’s work is like encountering a tree dripping with fruit — one is taken aback by the richness of what she creates. She is both generous and riveting.”
--Douglas Coupland

"A hilarious mix of satire, political intrigue and environmental mismanagement on two continents.... Enaharo's characters are larger than life as they bumble, manipulate and bribe their way through the political landscapes of Nigeria, Europe and Ottawa."
--The Chronicle Herald

"Totally believable. Doing Dangerously Well features fascinatingly rich characters.... This is a writer to watch."
--NOW (Toronto)