The New Yorker
- Debut Fiction
- Narrated by: uncredited
- Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
- Release date: 06-08-05
- Language: English
- Publisher: The New Yorker
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This collection features three writers-on-the-verge, each drawing from a different vocabulary and set of life experiences. Yet what will become clear as you listen is that these three diverse stories have a connection: each revolves around children. A 12-year-old prostitute in Kenya; a pair of brothers whose grief is palpable; a teenaged boy in a risky relationship.
"An Ex-Mas Feast" by Uwem Akpan: The day-to-day struggles and conflicts of a street family in Nairobi, dependent on the money their 12-year-old daughter brings in as a prostitute.
"Haunting Olivia" by Karen Russell: A tale of two brothers searching the water for their dead sister.
"The Laser Age" by Justin Tussing: A teenager's evolving relationships with a mysterious drifter - and his female teacher.Our thanks to Dr. Robert Leonard, a professor of linguistics at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., who provided invaluable assistance with the Swahili pronunciations in "An Ex-Mas Feast".
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.
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By Katurah on 12-13-05
All three stories I thought were very descriptive and real. Everyone can relate in one way or another. But, I strongly feel that the profanity in these books was very unnecessary and it had me cringing every time a word was uttered. Maybe this is something that could be considered or taken into account for future debut fiction. Even with this one downfall, this is a great way to introduce up and coming authors.
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