Say You're One of Them (Uwem Akpan)

  "If winning the race was about the number of feet, the centipede could easily beat the dogs."

"If winning the race was about the number of feet, the centipede could easily beat the dogs."

Nigeria / 2008

FUN FACT: When I was 18, I decided that I needed to expand my literary tastes—which up until that point had mainly consisted of public-school-assigned books and MediaTakeOut articles. It was the summer before college, and I was going to be an English major, so I felt like I needed to have more books in my arsenal. Anyway, I got online and just googled something like "top black books" and clicked through endless lists and slideshows, looking for new stuff to read. At the end of my ~research~ I had a list of about five books that I promised to read before I left for college. Admittedly, I chose these books mostly based on their covers, but I chose Say You're One of Them, in particular, because it was an Oprah's Book Club selection. TBH, I only ended up reading like three books on that list, and this one was not One of Them. But that was the first time in my life I had actually realized that there are so many books waiting to be discovered, and that (sadly) you've got to do a little work to get to them. So, that's my very of pointless story behind this short story collection about the wisdom and resilience of children throughout Africa. Anyone read this one?