Author: Uwem Akpan
Themes/Topics: Slavery, War in Africa, Children, Graphic Violence
This is a tough book to describe. It is a collection of short stories set in different locales in war-torn Africa. A simple summary of my feelings would be uncomfortably educational. The violence is graphic and horrific and the presence of children in each tale makes it all the more awful.
Even so, the stories are filled with hope because they show that even when faced with extraordinary situations, obstacles, and bigotry, the human spirit can remain strong.