Jesuit Father Uwen Akpan, SJ's short story collection, “Say You’re One of Them” is the next pick for Oprah’s book club. It will be announced today on her show.
His five short stories are each set in a different African country. Children play major roles in the stories, which tackle the toughest of topics – child slavery, rioting and genocide. When the book was published last year it was widely praised by book reviewers but the book’s success up until now is nothing compared with what is likely to be unleashed later this afternoon. Yesterday the book was #165,769 on Amazon.com’s sales rankings, ” by 10 p.m. last night it had risen to #2,151 and #18 by this afternoon.
Related Links of Interest:
The New Yorker Q and A: http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2005/06/13/050613on_onlineonly01
Thinking Faith book review: http://www.thinkingfaith.org/articles/BOOK_20080930_1.htm
New York Times:
Visit to fairfieldU: http://www.fairfield.edu/currents/stories/08_12/cc_students_dec08.html
NPR radio: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91398323
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