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

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

Each short story in Uwem Akpan's book Say You're One of Them 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. In five separate narratives, each told from the perspective of a child from a different African country, Uwem Akpan Say You're One of Them vividly portrays the horror and beauty to be found in both the history-altering events and the mundane details of everyday life. In these stories of family, friendship, betrayal and redemption, Akpan highlights the tenacity and perseverance of his young protagonists.

Author: Uwem Akpan
ISBN: 0316086371

 

Price: $11.55
 
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