From Judge, 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards:
“The cover is just lovely – tells a story all by itself. Good synopsis, too – hits the highlights without going too far. (I like the figures on the back cover, too.) I love the way your opening jumps right to the arrival. Love the gonorrhea sign on p. 2! I enjoyed the meeting with the parents on pps. 35-36. Very touching.
“Your use of language is impressively clear and direct. Really a pleasure to read. I can tell you spent many hours crafting it.
“It’s fun the way the cultural information threads its way through universal struggles like child-rearing and dealing with relatives. Take this little passage on the masquerades on p. 71. The hand sticking out of the earth – what a stunning vision! p. 127.
“The prospect of mixed-race children in 1970s Kentucky. Wow! You must have blown a few minds. And what beautiful children – the addition of the photos is quite a nice touch.
“It’s amazing, really, that you had a chance to see your biracial family against both of your cultural settings. From a sociologist’s point of view, this is quite a unique opportunity! And then the clash of Christian and Igbo customs in Nigeria itself.
“It’s a fascinating book, and an intriguing life. Congratulations on both.”
Although I didn’t win an award I was very happy with with the judge’s commentary.
There are twelve reviews posted on Amazon. I’d love to have twenty! Can you add one?
The first Amazon review was by Deborah Stewart. She had connected with me on Facebook a couple of years ago. She actually searched for me and joined Facebook in order to connect. I was touched. And why did she do this? I was her fourth grade teacher in Covington, Kentucky, in 1969-70!
Lowell Fewster and David Koren wrote reviews. They were both Peace Corps volunteers in Nigeria, Lowell in my group and David a couple of years later.
Mike Briggs wrote a quick review. I knew him in Nigeria in the 1960’s! We re-connected at a Unitarian-Universalist Association General Assembly several years ago and have stayed in touch through Facebook!
Who will post the next review? Will it be you?
A few people have rated the book on Goodreads, but there are no reviews yet. You could be the first!
The book is also available at B&N.com. No reviews yet!