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

Uwem Akpan

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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (6/8/2008)
Digital Audiobook (6/8/2008)
Digital Audiobook (6/8/2008)
Digital Audiobook (6/8/2008)
Paperback (9/18/2009)
Paperback (7/1/2009)
Hardcover (6/1/2008)
CD-Audio (10/13/2009)
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

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.

Perfection Learning, 9781606867198, 360pp.

Publication Date: September 18, 2009