A family living in a makeshift shanty in urban Kenya scurries to find gifts of any kind for the impending Christmas holiday.Read more...
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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 familys struggles to maintain a facade of normalcy amid unspeakable acts. A young brother and sister cope with their uncles attempt to sell them into slavery. Aboard a bus filled with refugeesa microcosm of todays Africaa 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 Akpans 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.
Uwem Akpan was born in 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 Eastern 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, a story from his short story collection, Say Youre One of Them, was one of five short stories by African writers chosen as finalists for The Caine Prize for African Writing 2007. Say Youre One of Them won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (Africa Region) 2009 and PEN/Beyond Margins Award 2009, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. In 2007, Akpan taught at a Jesuit college in Harare, Zimbabwe. Now he serves at Christ the King Church, Ilasamaja-Lagos, Nigeria.