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Our Kind of People: A Continent's Challenge, a Country's Hope

Our Kind of People: A Continent's Challenge, a Country's Hope

by Uzodinma Iweala
     
 

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In 2005, Uzodinma Iweala stunned readers and critics alike with Beasts of No Nation, his debut novel about child soldiers in West Africa. Now his return to his native continent has produced Our Kind of People, a nonfiction account of the AIDS crisis that is every bit as startling and original.

Iweala embarks on a remarkable journey in his

Overview

In 2005, Uzodinma Iweala stunned readers and critics alike with Beasts of No Nation, his debut novel about child soldiers in West Africa. Now his return to his native continent has produced Our Kind of People, a nonfiction account of the AIDS crisis that is every bit as startling and original.

Iweala embarks on a remarkable journey in his native Nigeria, meeting individuals and communities that are struggling daily to understand both the impact and meaning of the disease. He speaks with people from all walks of life—the ill and the healthy, doctors, nurses, truck drivers, sex workers, shopkeepers, students, parents, and children. Their testimonies are by turns uplifting, alarming, humorous, and surprising, and always unflinchingly candid.

Beautifully written and heartbreakingly honest, Our Kind of People goes behind the headlines of an unprecedented epidemic to show the real lives it affects, illuminating the scope of the crisis and a continent’s valiant struggle.

Editorial Reviews

It seems almost possible to fully comprehend the ongoing AIDS catastrophe in Sub-Saharan Africa. Not only does the region account for more than three quarters of all AIDS deaths and 91 percent of all infections among children; the toll keeps rising. The number of Africans living with HIV is nearing 25 million and the number of AIDS living in the region already exceeds 11.5 million. Novelist Uzodinma Iweala (Beasts of No Nation) now presents this modern plague not in dizzying statistics, but in the lives of men and women, healthy and ill, who are affected by it. With a sensitivity to their individual situations, he speaks with doctors and nurses; teachers, truck drivers, and shopkeepers; sex workers, widows, and widowers; students and orphans. Indeed, reading Our Kind of People, one realizes that this terrible disease registers not only among the victims that it kills, but those who it leaves waiting for death, and those it leaves behind to watch. Editor's recommendation.

Publishers Weekly
Nigerian native Iweala tackles Africa's AIDS crisis, examining its history and social stigma and talking to the activists, scholars, and doctors working to stop its spread. In discussing Western attitudes to the topic, he unpacks dehumanizing assumptions that only promiscuity, backwardness, or polygamy could explain such high rates of infection. He also speaks to people like Dr. Chukwumuanya Igboekwu, who works in an underfunded Nigerian clinic where he often pays for supplies out of his own pocket. The doctor notes that ashamed families often ask him to leave "HIV/AIDS" off death certificates. Idris, a community leader, frankly describes an infected woman's banishment from his village, explaining, "Everybody is afraid." Other interviews display a spectrum of HIV-positive people, like twenty-eight-year-old Angie, who lost her fiancé and her job after contracting the disease, and activist Samaila Garba, a former police officer. The book also explores this epidemic's consequences, which include sub-Saharan Africa's low life expectancy �just forty-five years�, dwindling workforce, and innumerable orphaned children. This is an accessible book for those seeking to learn more about the crisis, and Iweala's passion and urgency is vibrant on the page. Agents: Jeff Posternak & Tracy Bohan, The Wylie Agency. (July)
The Los Angeles Times Book Review
“A stunning inquiry into the AIDS crisis in sub-Saharan Africa. . . . Iweala evokes the human cost of AIDS, and this is where Our Kind of People excels. . . . . Iweala’s focus on narrative, on sharing voices and experiences, becomes an act of redemption.”
The Times Literary Supplement
“In this unassuming but important book, Uzodinma Iweala gives the AIDS pandemic not just a human face but a human voice. . . . Remarkable.”
Bono
“Iweala tells the stories of those whose lives - and deaths - make up the numbers in a measured, accessible tone. The end of the story of HIV/AIDS is not yet written, but in Our Kind of People we see the beginnings of normalcy.”
The Daily Beast
“At last, an account of the AIDS crisis from the point of view of the people most affected by it—men, women and children of Africa, who are not simply victims but are heroes and scientists as well.”
The Boston Globe
“Iweala’s arguments are well reasoned. By making generous use of the voices of many Africans, Iweala’s writing possesses an immediacy that makes his message powerful and compelling.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062097675
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/10/2012
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
891,062
File size:
1 MB

What People are saying about this

Bono
“Iweala tells the stories of those whose lives - and deaths - make up the numbers in a measured, accessible tone. The end of the story of HIV/AIDS is not yet written, but in Our Kind of People we see the beginnings of normalcy.”

Meet the Author

Uzodinma Iweala is also the author of Our Kind of People, a work of nonfiction. He lives in New York City and Lagos, Nigeria.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Potomac, Maryland
Date of Birth:
November 5, 1982
Place of Birth:
Washington, D.C.
Education:
A.B., Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude in English and American Literature and Language, 2004

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