Latest novel by EMUís Neff is a hit with readers
YPSILANTI - The fiction novel “Haarlem,” by Eastern Michigan University’s Heather Neff, professor of English language and literature, already has become a hit with area readers. Neff’s book, which first came out in July 2005, is already in its second printing.
“Haarlem” (Harlem Moon/Broadway) tells the story of Abel Crofton, an African American from Harlem, N.Y., who travels to the Dutch city of Haarlem in search of his lost mother. As he struggles with addiction to alcohol, he learns about family, love and overcoming burdens of the past.
“The book is just exploding,” said Neff, who will be doing a book signing at the Arborland Borders bookstore Sept. 16, and the Ypsilanti District Library Sept. 20. “‘Haarlem’ addresses themes that are extremely important in our swiftly-changing world: racial and sexual identity, social inequalities and the responsibility of individuals to the people they love.”
The 240-page paperback is available at local bookstores for $14. This novel is the fourth by Neff. She also wrote “Blackgammon” (One World/Ballentine, 2000), “Wisdom” (One World/Ballentine, 2002) and “Accident of Birth (Harlem Moon/Broadway, 2005).
Neff, who has been with EMU since 1993, teaches African-American literature and won the EMU Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2000. She also won the Outstanding Faculty in Classroom Instruction Award in 2004 and the Outstanding Faculty Award for Service Beyond the Call of Duty in 2005 from EMU’s Holman Learning Center.
She has a doctorate from the University of Zurich, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and has studied French at the Sorbonne in Paris.
Neff lives in Ypsilanti with her husband and 13-year-old daughter.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.
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