Low Price Guarantee
We Take School POs
Say You're One of Them
Contributor(s): Akpan, Uwem (Author)

View larger image

ISBN: 0316086371     ISBN-13: 9780316086370
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Retail: $14.99OUR PRICE: $10.94  
  Buy 25 or more:OUR PRICE: $10.04   Save More!
  Buy 100 or more:OUR PRICE: $9.59   Save More!


  WE WILL NOT BE UNDERSOLD!   Click here for our low price guarantee

Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2009
Qty:

Click for more in this series: Oprah's Book Club
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Fiction | Short Stories (single Author)
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2009464841
Series: Oprah's Book Club
Physical Information: 1.1" H x 5.4" W x 8.2" (0.85 lbs) 360 pages
Themes:
- Cultural Region - African
Features: Ikids, Illustrated, Maps, Price on Product, Price on Product - Canadian, Table of Contents
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 128867
Reading Level: 5.7   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 15.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Uwem Akpan's stunning stories humanize theperils 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 feesin 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 shortof transcendent.

 
Customer ReviewsSubmit your own review
 
To tell a friend about this book, you must Sign In First!