Oprah has graced a new book with the ultimate accolade, a spot in her hyper-successful book club. The latest pick—Nigeria native and ordained Jesuit priest Uwem Akpan’s collection of short stories, Say You’re One of Them—is a departure from the book club’s usual fare and is the first set of short stories to be featured. All five stories are written from the perspective of an African child and deal with the difficulties of growing up in nations that are often in turmoil. “Each one of these five stories really just left me gasping,” Oprah said on Friday. Prior to being Oprah-fied, Akpan has been a critical if not commercial success. He was featured in The New Yorker’s 2005 debut fiction issue.