Say You're One of Them

Author(s): Uwem Akpan
Genre: Short Stories
Original Publish Date: Nov 01, 2009
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (11.13 hours)
Product Number: Z100019474
Released: Oct 01, 2009
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781607883685
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Each story in this jubilantly acclaimed collection pays testament to the wisdom and resilience of children, even in the face of the most agonizing circumstances.A family living in a makeshift shanty in urban Kenya scurries to find gifts of any kind for the impending Christmas holiday. A Rwandan girl relates her family's struggles to maintain a facade of normalcy amid unspeakable acts. A young brother and sister cope with their uncle's attempt to sell them into slavery. Aboard a bus filled with refugees-a microcosm of today's Africa-a Muslim boy summons his faith to bear a treacherous ride across Nigeria. Through the eyes of childhood friends the emotional toll of religious conflict in Ethiopia becomes viscerally clear.Uwem Akpan's debut signals the arrival of a breathtakingly talented writer who gives a matter-of-fact reality to the most extreme circumstances in stories that are nothing short of transcendent.

All formats/editions

Author(s): Uwem Akpan
Narrator(s): Robin Miles, Dion Graham
Genre: Short Stories
Product Number B2642
Released: Oct 20, 2009
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Hachette Audio
ISBN: #9781607883418
Author(s): Uwem Akpan
Product Number EB00276618
Released: Apr 10, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780316142977

Professional reviews

"A collection of anguishing stories from Africa is made all the more difficult to bear because the protagonists are all children or teenagers, each with a limited comprehension of the evil afoot but no protection from its harm. Robin Miles, Dion Graham, and Kevin Free narrate different stories, and all of them manage the balance these stories require. The three narrators successfully convey the na•vetŽ of the young characters while also showing their awakening to the dangers that threaten them. Miles, Graham, and Free are equally adept, especially in reproducing the lilting African cadences. Nevertheless, the switch from one reader to the next is welcome--a breath of air before being resubmerged in the horror. M.O. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"

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