Say You're One of Them (Oprah's Book Club)

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UPC:
9780316086370
Maximum Purchase:
3 units
Binding:
Paperback
Publication Date:
2009-09-18
Release Date:
2009-09-18
Author:
Uwem Akpan
Language:
english
Edition:
First Edition

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 familys struggles to maintain a facade of normalcy amid unspeakable acts. A young brother and sister cope with their uncles attempt to sell them into slavery. Aboard a bus filled with refugeesa microcosm of todays Africaa 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 Akpans 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.