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Say You're One of Them

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 about the tribal conflict in Rwanda . The story is told by a young girl, who, with her little brother, witnesses the worst possible scenario between parents. They are asked to do the previously unimaginable in order to protect their children. This singular collection will also take the reader inside Nigeria , Benin , and Ethiopia , revealing in beautiful prose the harsh consequences for children of life in Africa. Akpan's voice is a literary miracle, rendering lives of almost unimaginable deprivation and terror into stories that are nothing short of transcendent.
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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