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My Parent's Bedroom (A Story from Say You're One of Them)
Uwem Akpan's stunning stories humanize the perils 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 fees in order to attend school. Even when his twelve-year-old sister takes to the streets to raise these meager funds,...more
Published June 9th 2008 by Little, Brown & Company
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this part of the book say you are one of them had the worse ending .........it was so traumatic for me to read what this little girl had to go through with her family.......having to deal with almost being raped ,the brutal death of her mother by her father , being taunted by ghosts .......at only seven years old....it was sickening i could have cried for her........ she was the most inspiring character in the whole book because inspite of all that she went through she stayed strong for her and...more
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 colle...moreMore about Uwem Akpan...