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Uwem Akpan’s stunning stories humanize the perils of poverty and violence so piercingly that few listeners will feel they’ve ever encountered Africa so immediately.

The eight year old narrator of “An Ex-Mas Feast” needs only enough money to buy books and pay fees in order to attend school. Even when his twelve-year-old sister takes to the streets to raise these meager funds, his dream cannot be granted, because food comes first. His family lives in a street shanty in Nairobi, Kenya, but their way of both loving and taking advantage of each other strikes a universal chord.

Akpan’s voice is a literary miracle, rendering lives of almost unimaginable deprivation and terror into stories that are nothing short of transcendent.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Akpan wants you to see and feel Africa, its glory and its pain.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Drops the reader into the midst of wonderfully rendered worlds, and compellingly so. I hope it finds the wide readership it merits.”

    Oscar Hijuelos, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

  • “A startling debut…Akpan is not striving for surreal effects. He is summoning miseries that are real…He fuses a knowledge of African poverty and strife with a conspicuously literary approach to storytelling filtering tales of horror through the wide eyes of the young.”

    New York Times

  • “Awe is the only appropriate response to Uwem Akpan’s stunning debut…so ravishing and sad that I regret ever wasting superlatives on fiction that was merely very good.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Uwem Akpan…captures a ravaged Africa through the dry-eyed gaze of children trying to maintain a sense of normalcy amid chaos.”


  • “Uwem Akpan, a Nigerian Jesuit priest, has said he was inspired to write by the ‘humor and endurance of the poor,’ and his debut story collection…about the gritty lives of African children—speaks to the fearsome, illuminating truth of that impulse.”


  • “Nigerian-born Jesuit priest Akpan transports the reader into gritty scenes of chaos and fear in his rich debut collection of five long stories set in war-torn Africa. Akpan’s prose is beautiful and his stories are insightful and revealing, made even more harrowing because all the horror—and there is much—is seen through the eyes of children.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Haunting prose…A must-read.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book
  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection in 2009
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Prize for First Fiction
  • Nominated for the Guardian First Book Award in 2008
  • One of the Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2008
  • Nominated for the Story Prize for Short Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nancy | 10/16/2011

    " Tragic stories. We can barely imagine the gap of the haves and have-nots. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christelle | 10/7/2011

    " Very disturbing and I usually would not give up. I just couldn't finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisa | 10/2/2011

    " really hard to read... but true. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ms | 9/30/2011

    " I listened via audio. Wonderfully touching stories, some are harsh but beautifully written.

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About the Author
Author Uwem Akpan

Uwem Akpan was born in the village of Ikot Akpan Eda in southern Nigeria. After studying philosophy and English at Creighton and Gonzaga universities, he studied theology for three years at the Catholic University of East Africa. He was ordained as a Jesuit priest in 2003 and received his MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan in 2006. “My Parents’ Bedroom” was one of five short stories by African writers chosen as finalists for the Caine Prize for African Writing. In 2007, Akpan began a teaching assignment at a Jesuit college in Harare, Zimbabwe.