The Heroine Next Door by Zeena Nackerdien:Publisher: Book Venture (January 7, 2015)
Category: Modern Day Historical Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction, Health
Tour Dates: October/November, 2015
Available in: Print & ebook, 154 Pages
The emotionally-wounded survivors of the 9/11 attacks include a fifty-year old, South African Muslim scientist, Leila, who lost her fiancée, Khalid, on that fateful day. She is the narrator of a story threading together the lives of four South African Muslims navigating a technologically advanced and increasingly-complicated world. Initially tentative in pursuing her dream to aid patients with HIV/AIDS and other diseases (following deaths of loved ones to these illnesses) in the face of adversity encountered as a US immigrant, Leila finally asserts herself in middle age to carve her own identity and provide possible solutions to the management of diseases rampant in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Cassandra's Review- Brave, powerful and strong are just a few ways to describe this book and author. I lost friends and family during 9/11. I witnessed the smoke clouds. The topic is never to be taken lightly and this author does a great job of creating a story around her version.Zeena Nackerdien is a dual US and South African citizen. She obtained a PhD degree in Biochemistry from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. Zeena has been a research chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Maryland and a senior research associate at The Rockefeller University in New York. She is the author of several publications in scientific journals and two poetry collections, “Mist Over Peace” and “Scatterlings.” As a scientist turned patient advocate and writer, she is intensely interested in building relationships with people from different cultures through storytelling and education. Zeena currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Website: http://www.heroinenextdoor.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zeenasbooks Google+: https://plus.google.com/105525451604342478576/posts LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/zeena-nackerdien/9/175/b6a Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/zulu2/zeena-nackerdien/