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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,404 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Uwem Akpan Narrator: Robin Miles, Dion Graham Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781600243004
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • ...a tour de force that takes readers into the lives glimpsed in passing on the evening news...These are stories that could have been mired in sentimentality. But the spare, straightforward language - there are few overtly expressed emotions, few adjectives--keeps the narratives moving, unencumbered and the pages turning to the end. Associated Press
  • brilliant...an extraordinary portrait of modern Africa... [Akpan]... is an important and gifted writer who should be read. Deirdre Donahue, USA TODAY
  • This fierce story collection from a Nigerian-born Jesuit priest brings home Africa's most haunting tragedies in tales that take you from the streets of Nairobi to the Hutu-Tutsi genocide. Margo Hammond & Ellen Heltzel, Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • The humor, the endurance, the horrors and grace-Akpan has captured all of it.... The stories are not only amazing and moving, and imbued with a powerful moral courage-they are also surprisingly expert.... Beautifully constructed, stately in a way that offsets their impoverished scenarios. Akpan wants you to see and feel Africa, its glory and its pain. And you do, which makes this an extraordinary book. Vince Passaro, O Magazine
  • 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. Lisa Shea, Elle
  • Haunting prose.... A must-read. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • A stupefyingly talented young Nigerian priest. Akpan never flinches from his difficult subjects--poverty, slavery, mass murder--but he has the largeness of soul to make his vision of the terrible transcendent. Jeffrey Burke and Craig Seligman, Bloomberg News
  • Any of the six stories in this collection set in Africa is enough to break a reader's heart. Two are novella length, including a tour de force, 'Luxurious Hearses,' which takes place on a crowded bus. From citation by Larry Dark for SAY YOU'RE ONE OF THEM, a Notable Book finalist for The Story Prize.
  • Awe is the only appropriate response to Uwem Akpan's stunning debut, Say You're One of Them, a collection of five stories so ravishing and sad that I regret ever wasting superlatives on fiction that was merely very good. A. Jennifer Reese, Entertainment Weekly (EW Pick / Grade A)
  • [A] startling debut collection... 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. Janet Maslin, The New York Times
  • Uwem Akpan's searing Say You're One of Them captures a ravaged Africa through the dry-eyed gaze of children trying to maintain a sense of normalcy amid chaos. Megan O'Grady, Vogue
  • The humor, the endurance, the horrors and grace-Akpan has captured all of it.... The stories are not only amazing and moving, and imbued with a powerful moral courage-they are also surprisingly expert.... Beautifully constructed, stately in a way that offsets their impoverished scenarios. Akpan wants you to see and feel Africa, its glory and its pain. And you do, which makes this an extraordinary book. Vince Passaro, O Magazine
  • 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. Lisa Shea, Elle
  • Haunting prose.... A must-read. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • Uwem Akpan's stunning short story collection, Say You're One of Them, offers a richer, more nuanced view of Africa than the one we often see on the news....Akpan never lets us forget that the resilient youngsters caught up in these extraordinary circumstances are filled with their own hopes and dreams, even as he assuredly illuminates the harsh realities. Patrik Henry Bass, Essence
  • In the corrupt, war-ravaged Africa of this starkly beautiful debut collection, identity is shifting, never to be trusted...Akpan's people, and the dreamlike horror of the worlds they reveal, are impossible to forget. Kim Hubbard, People
  • All the promise and heartbreak of Africa today are brilliantly illuminated in this debut collection... John Marshall, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • Akpan's brilliance is to present a brutal subject through the bewildered, resolutely chipper voice of children...All five of these stories are electrifying. Maureen Corrigan, NPR's "Fresh Air"
  • ...a tour de force that takes readers into the lives glimpsed in passing on the evening news...These are stories that could have been mired in sentimentality. But the spare, straightforward language - there are few overtly expressed emotions, few adjectives--keeps the narratives moving, unencumbered and the pages turning to the end. Associated Press
  • brilliant...an extraordinary portrait of modern Africa... [Akpan]... is an important and gifted writer who should be read. Deirdre Donahue, USA TODAY
  • This fierce story collection from a Nigerian-born Jesuit priest brings home Africa's most haunting tragedies in tales that take you from the streets of Nairobi to the Hutu-Tutsi genocide. Margo Hammond & Ellen Heltzel, Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Akpan combines the strengths of both fiction and journalism - the dramatic potential of the one and the urgency of the other - to create a work of immense power...He is a gifted storyteller capable of bringing to life myriad characters and points of view...the result is admirable, artistically as well as morally. Adelle Waldman, Christian Science Monitor
  • It is not merely the subject that makes Akpan's...writing so astonishing, translucent, and horrifying all at once; it is his talent with metaphor and imagery, his immersion into character and place....Uwem Akpan has given these children their voices, and for the compassion and art in his stories I am grateful and changed. Susan Straight, Washington Post Book World (front page review)
  • Say You're One of Them is a book that belongs on every shelf. Sherryl Connelly, New York Daily News
  • Searing...In the end, the most enduring image of these disturbing, beautiful and hopeful stories is that of slipping away. Children disappear into the anonymous blur of the big city or into the darkness of the all-encompassing bush. One can only hope that they survive to live another day and tell another tale. June Sawyers, San Francisco Chronicle
  • These stories are complex, full of respect for the characters facing depravity, free of sensationalizing or glib judgments. They are dispatches from a journey, Akpan makes clear, which has only begun. It is to their credit that grim as they are-you cannot but hope these tales have a sequel. John Freeman, Cleveland Plain-Dealer
  • An important literary debut.... Juxtaposed against the clarity and revelation in Akpan's prose-as translucent a style as I've read in a long while--we find subjects that nearly render the mind helpless and throw the heart into a hopeless erratic rhythm out of fear, out of pity, out of the shame of being only a few degrees of separation removed from these monstrous modern circumstances...The reader discovers that no hiding place is good enough with these stories battering at your mind and heart. Alan Cheuse, Chicago Tribune
  • Akpan combines the strengths of both fiction and journalism - the dramatic potential of the one and the urgency of the other - to create a work of immense power...He is a gifted storyteller capable of bringing to life myriad characters and points of view...the result is admirable, artistically as well as morally. Adelle Waldman, Christian Science Monitor
  • It is not merely the subject that makes Akpan's...writing so astonishing, translucent, and horrifying all at once; it is his talent with metaphor and imagery, his immersion into character and place....Uwem Akpan has given these children their voices, and for the compassion and art in his stories I am grateful and changed. Susan Straight, Washington Post Book World (front page review)
  • Say You're One of Them is a book that belongs on every shelf. Sherryl Connelly, New York Daily News
  • Searing...In the end, the most enduring image of these disturbing, beautiful and hopeful stories is that of slipping away. Children disappear into the anonymous blur of the big city or into the darkness of the all-encompassing bush. One can only hope that they survive to live another day and tell another tale. June Sawyers, San Francisco Chronicle
  • These stories are complex, full of respect for the characters facing depravity, free of sensationalizing or glib judgments. They are dispatches from a journey, Akpan makes clear, which has only begun. It is to their credit that grim as they are-you cannot but hope these tales have a sequel. John Freeman, Cleveland Plain-Dealer
  • An important literary debut.... Juxtaposed against the clarity and revelation in Akpan's prose-as translucent a style as I've read in a long while--we find subjects that nearly render the mind helpless and throw the heart into a hopeless erratic rhythm out of fear, out of pity, out of the shame of being only a few degrees of separation removed from these monstrous modern circumstances...The reader discovers that no hiding place is good enough with these stories battering at your mind and heart. Alan Cheuse, Chicago Tribune
  • A stupefyingly talented young Nigerian priest. Akpan never flinches from his difficult subjects--poverty, slavery, mass murder--but he has the largeness of soul to make his vision of the terrible transcendent. Jeffrey Burke and Craig Seligman, Bloomberg News
  • Any of the six stories in this collection set in Africa is enough to break a reader's heart. Two are novella length, including a tour de force, 'Luxurious Hearses,' which takes place on a crowded bus. From citation by Larry Dark for SAY YOU'RE ONE OF THEM, a Notable Book finalist for The Story Prize.
  • Robin Miles adopts a lovely French-African accent, and if she allows Akpan's beautiful turns of phrase to shine, the underlying tension and fear are also never far from the surface. Miles also narrates "What Language Is That?" This story is partially unaccented, a choice that accentuates the second-person point of view...Dion Graham, in Kenyan-accented English, successfully embodies the family's mother and father, teenaged daughter, and young son AudioFile, Publishers Weekly
  • “Awe is the only appropriate response to Uwem Akpan’s stunning debut, Say You’re One of Them, a collection of five stories so ravishing and sad that I regret ever wasting superlatives on fiction that was merely very good.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • Uwem Akpan's stunning short story collection, Say You're One of Them, offers a richer, more nuanced view of Africa than the one we often see on the news....Akpan never lets us forget that the resilient youngsters caught up in these extraordinary circumstances are filled with their own hopes and dreams, even as he assuredly illuminates the harsh realities. Patrik Henry Bass, Essence
  • In the corrupt, war-ravaged Africa of this starkly beautiful debut collection, identity is shifting, never to be trusted...Akpan's people, and the dreamlike horror of the worlds they reveal, are impossible to forget. Kim Hubbard, People
  • All the promise and heartbreak of Africa today are brilliantly illuminated in this debut collection... John Marshall, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • Akpan's brilliance is to present a brutal subject through the bewildered, resolutely chipper voice of children...All five of these stories are electrifying. Maureen Corrigan, NPR's "Fresh Air"
  • Awe is the only appropriate response to Uwem Akpan's stunning debut, Say You're One of Them, a collection of five stories so ravishing and sad that I regret ever wasting superlatives on fiction that was merely very good. A. Jennifer Reese, Entertainment Weekly (EW Pick / Grade A)
  • [A] startling debut collection... 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. Janet Maslin, The New York Times
  • Uwem Akpan's searing Say You're One of Them captures a ravaged Africa through the dry-eyed gaze of children trying to maintain a sense of normalcy amid chaos. Megan O'Grady, Vogue
  • “A startling debut collection…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’s searing Say You’re One of Them captures a ravaged Africa through the dry-eyed gaze of children trying to maintain a sense of normalcy amid chaos.”

    Vogue

  • “Akpan wants you to see and feel Africa, its glory, and its pain. And you do, which makes this an extraordinary book.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “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.”

    Elle

  • “In the corrupt, war-ravaged Africa of this starkly beautiful debut collection, identity is shifting, never to be trusted…Akpan’s people, and the dreamlike horror of the worlds they reveal, are impossible to forget.”

    People

  • “In the end, the most enduring image of these disturbing, beautiful, and hopeful stories is that of slipping away. Children disappear into the anonymous blur of the big city or into the darkness of the all-encompassing bush. One can only hope that they survive to live another day and tell another tale.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “This brilliant collection of short stories by Nigerian-born Akpan invites listeners into a world of beauty and heartbreak where young people in the throes of adolescence struggle to survive harrowing violence and tragedy.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “With the intensity of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Say You’re One of Them tells of the horrors faced by young people throughout Africa. Akpan uses five short stories…to bring to light topics ranging from selling children in Gabon to the Muslim versus Christian battles in Ethiopia. The characters face choices that most American high school students will never have to…The selections are peppered with a mix of English, French, and a variety of African tongues, and some teens may find themselves reading at a slower pace than usual, but the impact of the stories is well worth the effort.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Haunting prose…A must-read.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Eberhard | 2/16/2014

    " This book is terrible .... I had to struggle to read 10%. I don't know how many pages this represented since I was on my Kindle reader and it does not show page count, only %. I will usually give a book 75-100 pages to "capture me" and if it fails by then, well, I have better things to do. "Say Your're One of Them" is the worst reading experience I have had since ..... I can't remember one worse. I am moving on. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ellen | 2/12/2014

    " It's an Oprah Book Club selection. It got three stars from many reviewers. I couldn't take it. I read only one and a half stories. The first was about a 12 year old prostitute who supported her family. Stark, mean, distressing, ugly....a few of the words that come to mind in describing the story. The second started off a little easier. It's about an uncle who is preparing to sell his nephews, I think. I don't want to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 bjneary | 2/9/2014

    " I think all of these short stories about the dire circumstances of families, children and adults in the African countries of Gabon, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria as told by Uwem Akpan needs to be read by teens and adults the world over in order to feel their pain, their pride and their bitter, heartbreaking struggles in daily life and war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 1/24/2014

    " Very interesting read - all the stories are from the perspective of children. I struggled with the dialogue, understanding what the characters were actually saying though. Maybe it's because I'm not used to all the dialects - but I did really struggle with that part of the book. Definitely made me appreciate the blessings we have here in the United States!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/21/2014

    " These short stories written by an African priest offer an unsettling glimpse into the sorts of issues children on that continent are facing. Like the librarian friend who found this book on a "best books of 2008" list, I found the dialogue difficult to follow. Akpan mixes English, French, and African words; this lends authenticity to the stories but those African words, especially the ubiquitous "dey", were a stumbling block for this reader. Language aside, the stories are some of the most thought-provoking I have read in the past ten years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lillian | 1/20/2014

    " Currently reading this book and have found it both interesting and upsetting at times. Especially since my trip to Kenya. These human rights atrocities have happened throughout the world and the author brings them alive in his book of short stories. Would definitely recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Francis Rodriguez | 1/14/2014

    " I thought I would enjoy this much more. It's a collection of short stories, very sad and disturbing stories of war-torn africa. Some of the stories were way too long, to the point of being a little boring. I generally like it when authors write accents into their work but in this case I thought it made it very hard to understand, especially when he blended accented words, with french and african dialects. It was sad and tragic, especially the terrible lives of the children of conflict. Worth the read, but not my favorite "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Carvajal | 1/13/2014

    " This book was really hard to read. Even if you are in touch with the politics and poverty of Africa, it's still hard to read about children suffering. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony | 1/7/2014

    " An awesome read about suffering that plagues some parts of Africa. I liked that the author gave several different vantage points for the reader to look through and he did an excellent job painting vivid pictures of his characters. Plus, he's a Jesuit author. Nuff said "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chelsea | 12/28/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lawrence | 12/28/2013

    " Brilliant. Brutal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Burns | 12/26/2013

    " Captivating, horrifying, heartbreaking. Recommended for anyone suffering even the mildest case of complacency. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tessyohnka | 12/16/2013

    " Beautifully written, heartbreaking stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liane | 12/8/2013

    " this book is heartbreaking. can't bring myself to finish this book. it's too painful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samuel Ibrahim | 12/2/2013

    " How I see it, Uwem Akpan is an exceptional writer and "Say You're One of Them" is an exceptional book. This is one of those great works that touch you in a way that changes you forever. I was enlightened, blessed and shocked all at the same time. Well done, Uwem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Mcdaniel | 11/16/2013

    " gripping, distressing, some of the stories were VERY hard to read because of thir brutality. An important book to be read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie09 | 8/12/2013

    " Composed of four(i think) short stories, I found only one that I really became attached to, the others I thought were hard to get into. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alanna | 6/25/2013

    " Wonderful book- extremely harsh and depressing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 4/26/2013

    " This book was extremely difficult for me to finish, tale after tale of brutality to children. It burdens me to know that this is happening all day, every day and so little progress is being made. Mans' inhumanity to man is terrifying. I don't think I could ever forget these stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K Anderson | 12/4/2012

    " Great book of short stories. Kind of depressing, but a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 6/10/2012

    " this book was excellent!! very sad and depressing, but a must read. 3 different stories about children in africa and their hardships....need to read something light afterwards though...some parts were tough to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wendy | 5/22/2012

    " I am not sure I should even add this to my read shelf, but I can't get through it so I'm moving on. The content has potential to be powerful, but I just can't get through the writing style and language references with no translations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 4/4/2012

    " Each story is about children in horrendous circumstances. Very sad and difficult to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Tofte | 1/25/2012

    " This book was very intense but well worth the read... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jaylin | 1/14/2012

    " This book was all over the place. Very drawn out and repetitive. Sometimes the writing wasn't relevant to the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim George | 9/19/2011

    " I think this was an Oprah Book Club pick. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jake | 9/4/2011

    " Just didn't find this to be very compelling. Unremittingly bleak, but I just wasn't into it. The characters were wooden and generally portrayed with an over-saccharine vulnerability and Oprah-ready "cuteness". Meh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachelle | 7/26/2011

    " Series of short stories all in the voice of youth in Africa. I read this book in the mist of the Haitian Earthquake. All of which broke my heart. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katherine Bates | 6/30/2011

    " I hated this - didn't read all of it and thought the ones I read were SO depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Francesca Strack | 6/4/2011

    " This book was very interesting and educational, but it was really hard to get through. At times I felt as if I was reading it out of necessity and not because it was captivating. That's not to say that the stories weren't well written and honest. It just wasn't one of my favorites. "

  • 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.

About the Narrators

Robin Miles, also known as Violet Grey, is an accent specialist and award-winning narrator of over two hundred audiobooks. She was named the 2008 Best Voice in Fiction & Classics for The Pirate’s Daughter and 2008 Best Voice in Biography & History for Brother, I’m Dying.

Dion Graham, from HBO’s The Wire, also narrates The First 48 on A&E. Winner of dozens of Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. His performances have been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid and full of life.