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
“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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