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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Uwem Akpan Narrator: Kevin Free Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781607884934
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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 twelve-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 reader 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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chelsea | 5/4/2011

    " The book was well written but extremely sad. I struggled with whether or not to finish it. On one hand it was effecting me a lot and on the other hand I shouldn't ignore what is happening in the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 4/20/2011

    " Shocking. Amazing what people live through. Couldn't stop reading it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jodie | 4/19/2011

    " Very depressing stories. I did not finish this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 4/13/2011

    " I think what made this book difficult for me to read was the English dialog with an African slant. The stories are eye opening to the conditions for African children. However, I think it would have been a more powerful book had the stories been true and not fictional representations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 4/12/2011

    " The stories start alright but the endings are awful. Just leaves you hanging. The only stories I liked were the last couple. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily | 4/11/2011

    " Did not enjoy this book at all. Language was hard to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 4/8/2011

    " Everything I'd expect from an Oprah bookclub selection; horrible tales of horrific crimes against children with little to no hope that anything is ever going to change in Africa. "

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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.