Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Say You're One of Them (Uwem Akpan)

Say You're One of Them
Uwem Akpan

Blurb: 'I see dirty water dripping down the white wall beside me. It is coming from the ceiling. At first, it comes down in two thin lines. Then the lines widen and swell into one. Then two more lines come down, in spurts, like little spiders gliding down on threads from a branch of the mango tree in our yard. I touch the liquid with the tip of me finger. Blood.'

'Ghost! Ghost!' I scream, diving towards Papa.

Say You're One of Them is an extraordinary debut about children fighting for survival throughout the African continent. 

A family live in a makeshift shanty in urban Kenya; a Rwandan girl witnesses unspeakable acts; a brother and sister cope with their uncle's attempt to sell them into slavery in Gabon; and a Muslim boy takes a terrifying ride through Nigeria: everywhere Uwem Akpan reveals the wisdom and resilience of Africa's children.

ISBN: 9780349120645 (Paperback)
Year: 2008
Publisher: Abacus
Pages: 294 (Fiction)


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