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Say You're One of Them

Uwem Akpan

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Digital Audiobook (6/8/2008)
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Paperback (9/18/2009)
Hardcover (6/1/2008)
CD-Audio (10/13/2009)
Prebound (9/18/2009)
MP3 CD (11/1/2009)
Compact Disc (11/1/2009)
Hardcover (9/18/2009)
, Large Print, Large Print (7/1/2008)
Paperback (6/1/2010)
Paperback (1/1/2010)

August 2008 Indie Next List

“Say You're One of Them is a collection of stories, each about a different child in Africa dealing with a difficult life. While the circumstances are described with brutal honesty, the characters are multidimensional and are treated with compassion. This is not an easy read, but the crisp, detailed writing makes it worthwhile.”
— Sarah Farnsworth, Briggs Carriage Bookstore, Brandon, VT
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Description

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.

"My Parents' Bedroom" is a Rwandan girl's account of her family's struggles to maintain a facade of normalcy amid unspeakable acts. In "Fat

Back Bay Books, 9780316113953, 360pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2009