Uwem Akpan’s stunning stories humanize the perils of poverty
and violence so piercingly that few listeners will feel they’ve ever
encountered Africa so immediately. Akpan’s voice is a literary miracle,
rendering lives of almost unimaginable deprivation and terror into stories that
are nothing short of transcendent.
In “What Language Is That?” two young Ethiopian girls are
best friends until religious riots break out in the city. Suddenly their
parents tell them they cannot speak to each other anymore because one is Muslim
and the other is Christian.
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