Say You're One Of Them

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Say You're One Of Them

by Uwem Akpan

Little, Brown And Company | September 18, 2009 | Trade Paperback

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Each story in this jubilantly acclaimed collection pays testament to the wisdom and resilience of children, even in the face of the most agonizing circumstances.

A family living in a makeshift shanty in urban Kenya scurries to find gifts of any kind for the impending Christmas holiday. A Rwandan girl relates her family''s struggles to maintain a facade of normalcy amid unspeakable acts. A young brother and sister cope with their uncle''s attempt to sell them into slavery. Aboard a bus filled with refugees-a microcosm of today''s Africa-a Muslim boy summons his faith to bear a treacherous ride across Nigeria. Through the eyes of childhood friends the emotional toll of religious conflict in Ethiopia becomes viscerally clear.
 
Uwem Akpan''s debut signals the arrival of a breathtakingly talented writer who gives a matter-of-fact reality to the most extreme circumstances in stories that are nothing short of transcendent. 

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 3.25 × 2.17 × 0.39 in

Published: September 18, 2009

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316086371

ISBN - 13: 9780316086370

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Say You're One Of Them

by Uwem Akpan

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 3.25 × 2.17 × 0.39 in

Published: September 18, 2009

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316086371

ISBN - 13: 9780316086370

About the Book

Each story in this jubilantly acclaimed collection pays testament to the wisdom and resilience of children, even in the face of the most agonizing circumstances. A family living in a makeshift shanty in urban Kenya scurries to find gifts of any kind for the impending Christmas holiday. A Rwandan girl relates her family's struggles to maintain a facade of normalcy amid unspeakable acts. A young brother and sister cope with their uncle's attempt to sell them into slavery. Aboard a bus filled with refugees-a microcosm of today's Africa-a Muslim boy summons his faith to bear a treacherous ride across Nigeria. Through the eyes of childhood friends the emotional toll of religious conflict in Ethiopia becomes viscerally clear.

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Each story in this jubilantly acclaimed collection pays testament to the wisdom and resilience of children, even in the face of the most agonizing circumstances.

A family living in a makeshift shanty in urban Kenya scurries to find gifts of any kind for the impending Christmas holiday. A Rwandan girl relates her family''s struggles to maintain a facade of normalcy amid unspeakable acts. A young brother and sister cope with their uncle''s attempt to sell them into slavery. Aboard a bus filled with refugees-a microcosm of today''s Africa-a Muslim boy summons his faith to bear a treacherous ride across Nigeria. Through the eyes of childhood friends the emotional toll of religious conflict in Ethiopia becomes viscerally clear.
 
Uwem Akpan''s debut signals the arrival of a breathtakingly talented writer who gives a matter-of-fact reality to the most extreme circumstances in stories that are nothing short of transcendent. 

About the Author

Uwem Akpan was born in Ikot Akpan Eda in southern Nigeria. After studying philosophy and English at Creighton and Gonzaga universities, he studied theology for three years at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. He was ordained as a Jesuit priest in 2003 and received his MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan in 2006. "My Parents'' Bedroom," a story from his short story collection, Say You''re One of Them, was one of five short stories by African writers chosen as finalists for The Caine Prize for African Writing 2007. Say You''re One of Them won the Commonwealth Writers'' Prize for Best First Book (Africa Region) 2009 and PEN/Beyond Margins Award 2009, and was finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. In 2007, Akpan taught at a Jesuit college in Harare, Zimbabwe. Now he serves at Christ the King Church, Ilasamaja-Lagos, Nigeria.

Editorial Reviews

"An important literary debut.... The reader discovers that no hiding place is good enough with these stories battering at your mind and heart."-Alan Cheuse, Chicago Tribune
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