• $5.99

Publisher Description

Uwem Akpan's stunning stories humanize the perils of poverty and violence so piercingly that few readers will feel they've ever encountered 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, his dream can't be granted. Food comes first. His family lives in a street shanty in , 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 . 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 , , and , 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 short of transcendent. Bonus ebook content: includes an interview with "The New Yorker," additional photos of the author, discussion questions and topics, and a link to a music download.

Fiction & Literature
June 9
Little, Brown and Company
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Yemisi Adedayo ,


I particularly like the author's humorous style of writing. The characters and their stories are captivating, though the lack of conclusiveness deprives the reader a climax. The woes, perils of poverty and war in Africa are clearly illustrated in this book.pp

Pat419 ,


Very captivating, each story was unique.

Veej 39 ,

Great book of stories

I enjoyed reading this book, though the topics written about were not light but invoked many feelings and emotions.