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

by Akpan, Uwem (Author)

ISBN: 9780316086370

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.

Format: Paperback, 360 pages

Publisher: Back Bay Books, September 2009

Product Dimensions: 8.16 L × 5.56 W × 0.99 H

Publisher Marketing: Uwem Akpan's first published short story, An Ex-mas Feast, appeared in The New Yorker's Debut Fiction issue in 2005. The story's portrait of a family living together in a makeshift shanty in urban Kenya, and their attempts to find gifts of any kind for the impending Christmas holiday, gives a matter-of-fact reality to the most extreme circumstances-and signaled the arrival of a breathtakingly talented writer.

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