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Say You're One of Them

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ISBN-10: 0316113786

ISBN-13: 9780316113786

Edition: 2008

Authors: Uwem Akpan

List price: $23.99
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Uwem Akpan's stunning stories humanize the perils of poverty and violence so piercingly that few readers will feel they've ever encountered Africa so immediately. The eight-year-old narrator of "An Ex-Mas Feast" needs only enough money to buy books and pay fees in order to attend school. Even when his twelve-year-old sister takes to the streets to raise these meager funds, his dream can't be granted. Food comes first. His family lives in a street shanty in Nairobi , Kenya , but their way of both loving and taking advantage of each other strikes a universal chord. In the second of his stories published in a New Yorker special fiction issue, Akpan takes us far beyond what we thought we knew…    
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Book details

List price: $23.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Little Brown & Company
Publication date: 6/9/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Uwem Akpan (1971) is a Nigerian Jesuit priest and the author of Say You¿re One of Them (2008), a collection of five stories (each set in a different African country) published by Little, Brown & Company. It was picked by the Oprah Winfrey Book Club on September 17, 2009. He was born in the southern Nigerian village of Ikot Akpan Eda; his parents were teachers. He and his three brothers grew up speaking both English and Annang. He joined the Jesuit order at 19 in 1990 and became a priest in 2003; he later earned an M.F.A. degree in creative writing at the University of Michigan. He has also studied theology at Creighton University.

An Ex-mas Feast
Fattening for Gabon
What Language Is That?
Luxurious Hearses
My Parents' Bedroom
Afterword
Acknowledgments