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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. 

“My Parents’ Bedroom” tells the story of the tribal conflict in Rwanda through the eyes of a young girl whose parents are asked to do the unimaginable in order to protect their children. Amid horrific events that threaten to destroy her family, she struggles to maintain a façade of normalcy. In revealing, beautiful prose, Akpan brings the harshness of life for children in Africa to light. 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

  • “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 for Love

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

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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
  • Nominated for the Story Prize for Short Fiction
  • 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
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