Copyright © 2008 by Uwem Akpan
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The characters and events in this book are fictitious. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is coincidental and not intended by the author.
Map designed by John Barnett
Acknowledgment is made to The New Yorker, where “An Ex-mas Feast” and “My Parents’ Bedroom” first appeared, in slightly different form. “An Ex-mas Feast” also appeared, in different form, in Kwani? and the Guardian (Nigeria).
An Ex-mas Feast
Fattening for Gabon
What Language Is That?
My Parents’ Bedroom
About the Author
Photos of Uwem in Nigeria
A conversation with the author of Say You’re One of Them
Questions and topics for discussion
FOR MY PARENTS,
LINUS AND MARGARET,
WHOSE LOVE IS A WORLD OF STORIES BETWEEN THEM
AND FOR UNCLE GEORGE,
WHO WAS THERE
If our God, the one we serve, is able to save us from the burning fiery furnace and from your power, O king, he will save us; and even if he does not, then you must know, O king, that we will not serve your god or worship the statue you have erected.
What is good has been explained to you . . . to act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with your God.