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Born into poverty in the chaotic capital city of Nigeria, Elvis, a teenage Elvis impersonator, is tempted by the underworld and enters a life of crime, encountering beggars, musicians, and gobs of American pop culture as he tries to survive in postcolonial Nigeria.
"Worth reading for its searing depiction of modern Africa...."
"This book works brilliantly in two ways. As a convincing and unpatronizing record of life in a poor Nigerian slum, and as a frighteningly honest insight into a world skewed by casual violence, it's wonderful."
Sophie Harrison, New York Times Book Review, 02/22/2004
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