The African Piper of Harlem involves a family of Nigerian descent and how they deal with living in Harlem, New York.
"As always, Zeena Nackerdien brings her unique perspective on American life. Her penetrating yet gentle critique enables all readers, regardless of their background or experience, to empathize with her characters and the trials they face. An absorbing read and excellent way to spend an afternoon!" amazon.com
Read the full Readers' Favorite 5-star review here
Neither fish nor fowl, every immigrant threads the needle between being one of "us" versus one of "them." The plot is both a fantasy and an exercise in exploring ways in which recent African immigrants and African-Americans recognize and embrace each other's cultural differences.
In Harlem, the mecca of black America, immigrants of every complexion live side by side with the descendants of slaves. The story begins with a description of how bullies belittle the twins, Bilal and Nawaal, who are of Nigerian descent. Grandpa Abram and their mother, Ola, do not know how to help the children.
Out of nowhere, a mysterious figure, Abekepi appears, and this fantastic piper offers to rid the neighborhood of bullies for a crazy reward. What follows is an intriguing, and sometimes unsettling, weaving of social themes, in which a supernatural being intervenes to turn the struggles of a single mother and her twins into triumph.
Available in Kindle and Paperback.
Read More and Grab Your Copy Now. Click Here!
Tags: The African Piper of Harlem, Zeena Nackerdien, African immigrants, Nigerian immigrants in New York, African immigration story, African immigration to the United States, African-Americans, discrimination, bullying, Harlem, New York, Nigerian family, American life, American lifestyle, Nigerian Americans