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Book: The African Piper of Harlem by Zeena Nackerdien

Book: The African Piper of Harlem by Zeena Nackerdien

categories: Book, Fantasy, Africa, Young Adult, Short Stories, Harlem, Aliens, Nigeria, Fable, Immigrants




Zeena Nackerdien

Author Zeena Nackerdienabout this book: I have written a book about African immigrants in Harlem. Anyone interested in quirky short stories about immigrants should benefit from reading this book. Fans of fantasy would likely also be charmed by the way the story unfolds. I was inspired to write this book after revisiting the classic, The Pied Piper of Harlem. Because the book deals with a Nigerian goddess who tries to rescue the neighborhood with her flute, her traditional dress and the backdrop of Harlem apartments were a natural choice. Integrating modern elements and reshaping the classic to address relevant issues of today proved to be a creative, but lengthy task. I spent quite a few hours in the Schomburg Center in Harlem to come up with the right feel for the book. I learned to led the characters marinade in my head and let them become invisible partners on the writing journey. I honestly did not know how the book was going to end until I just organically led the words flow from my fingertips. I hope that people come away from the book with a deeper understanding of how we are not all good or all bad and of the importance of families and safe spaces.

Here is an excerpt from a 5-star review from Readers Favorites:
"I appreciated how she uses her fable to shed light on ongoing contemporary problems such as gentrification, access to continued education and the culture shock experienced by new citizens. I loved learning more about the Yoruba culture of Nigeria that Ola and her parents shared. The African Piper of Harlem is well written and engaging -- and it makes you think, which is a very good thing."


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