Say You're One of Them

Say You're One of Them

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Grand Central Pub
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.


Baker & Taylor
A collection of tales about modern African children in crisis includes "An Ex-Mas Feast," in which an eight-year-old child shares in his family's sacrifices to obtain enough food and enable his education.

Hachette Book Group
<!--StartFragment-->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.


Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316086363
9780316086370
0316086371
9780349120638
0349120633
9780316113786
0316113786
Characteristics: 358 p. : map ; 22 cm

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JBarringer
Apr 23, 2015

If you are looking for a book that will restore your faith in humanity and your hope for a brighter future for mankind, this is not the book you are looking for. The stories in this collection show kids in horrible situations, victims of the various evils their communities create for them, including extreme poverty, child trafficking, sexual molestation, murder, and genocidal violence. While the stories are fiction, they are based on real life, and bring to life several horrible events in recent African history that are often reduced to less unpleasant, safer narratives in news reports and history books. Kids all over the world are subjected to similar evils, so not only do these stories make the horrific conditions in parts of Africa disturbingly real, but they also show what kids closer to home are going through, from their own perspectives. Reading this book may not inspire readers to like humanity more, but it may lead to some rather fruitful discussions about what we are doing to ourselves and how we can make things better. (less)

JThimothe Feb 04, 2015

It pains me to read these short stories which are told through the lens of a child. Prostitution, Child Sex Trafficking, religious conflict and more run rampant through various African nations.

The language of the book was hard to get through. It mixed both English and African languages but most of the time, I didn't understand what was being said.

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onofrew1
Jun 04, 2014

great book with a unique and innocent perspective. told from the point of view of the children, an effect which makes their innocence even more pronounced. Definitely recommend

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tavkaa
Mar 03, 2014

I'm not one to keep up with foreign affairs, but usually when attention is drawn in the news about such things as child slavery, genocide and abuse to children in Africa it catches my attention and I just say a prayer and remind my children how blessed they are to be born in this country. The stories told from a child's point of view is impacting and opens your heart to the plight of Africa's dysfunctional diaspora caused by so much greed from other countries.

Bettiea1755 Feb 06, 2014

Saviez-vous que vous pouvez également voir le film et aussi l'avoir en livre audio. Le film est excellent!

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uncommonreader
Jul 27, 2012

Five stories (two quite long at about 150 pages each) set in Africa. Child narrators. Harrowing and horrific and unbearably hard to read. The only aspect which did not work well for me was the use of dialogue which was used to show diversity.

BrigidScott Jan 17, 2012

Great collection of wide ranging short stories, but due to subject(s) covered, difficult to read at times.

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varaidzo89
May 17, 2011

i could not finish reading this book it was too painful & to think these stories were happening to small children it just tore my heart apart. what puzzles me even more is that a catholic priest wrote these stories.

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momoe
May 04, 2011

Though the subject of the short stories are a powerful subject, I found the writer's style was really hard to follow. Also, many of the stories seem to drop off without really ending.

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charlie2009
Dec 16, 2010

Susanne gave this to me at Christmas, 2009

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