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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Uwem Akpan Narrator: Kevin Free Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Uwem Akpan's stunning stories humanize the perils of poverty and violence so piercingly that few readers 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 12-year-old sister takes to the streets to raise these meager funds, his dream can't be granted. 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.

In the second of his stories published in a New Yorker special fiction issue, Akpan takes us far beyond what we thought we knew about the tribal conflict in Rwanda. The story is told by a young girl, who, with her little brother, witnesses the worst possible scenario between parents. They are asked to do the previously unimaginable in order to protect their children.

This singular collection will also take the listener inside Nigeria, Benin, and Ethiopia, revealing in beautiful prose the harsh consequences for children of life in Africa. Akpan's voice is a literary miracle, rendering lives of almost unimaginable deprivation and terror into stories that are nothing short of transcendent. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Maryann | 5/17/2011

    " This book was over my head. The writer is a Jesuit priest, so I know he knows the goodness of God, but in the 3 stories I read children experienced horrible things in Africa and ran off at the end. Not sure where he is trying to go with his writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Donna | 5/15/2011

    " Harsh...and hard to imagine that people's lives are that horrendous...I look around my pretty little suburban neighborhood and think...many thanks for the where and when of my birth... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karen40000 | 5/12/2011

    " Some of the stories where difficult to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rike | 5/5/2011

    " It held my attention, but I started reading more for academic reasons than for pleasure. I'll write my paper on it though. "

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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.