Black American Refugee tells the story of Tiffanie Drayton, who as a young girl fled her home in Queens, New York to live with her Liberian parents in their war-torn homeland. In this riveting memoir, she recounts how she learned to survive in a society that prized aggression and material wealth over compassion and humility. Returning to America after 15 years, Tiffanie must confront the Narcissism of the American Dream head-on and decide whether or not it is worth sacrificing her own identity for a chance at success.
For who is this book for ?
Black American Refugee is a memoir for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider in their own life. Tiffanie Drayton’s story of exile and self-discovery will resonate with readers from all walks of life, as she confronts the costs and rewards of chasing the American Dream.
- Black American Refugee is a unique and powerful memoir that tells the story of Tiffanie Drayton’s journey from America to Liberia and back again.
- The author writes with honesty and emotion, bringing readers into her world and offering a truly personal perspective on events both large and small.
- This book provides an interesting look at two very different cultures, offering insights into both the immigrant experience in America and life during times of conflict in Africa.
- The book is poorly written.
- It’s hard to follow the author’s train of thought.
- The story could use more detail.
Learn more about the author
Tiffanie Drayton is a writer and teacher from Queens, New York. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School, where she was the recipient of the inaugural Warner Fellowship for Emerging Writers. Black American Refugee is her first book.
“Drayton’s story is eye-opening and educational. It is a refreshing change to read about the African experience in America from an author who is both black and female.”
“Incredibly powerful and moving story of one woman’s journey to find herself. Tiffanie Drayton is a brave writer and her insights into the Liberian culture are fascinating.”
“An amazing story of grit and determination”
“A beautifully written and compelling story of one woman’s journey from the violence and chaos of Africa to the relative safety and comfort of America, then back again. Tiffanie Drayton has courageously exposed her soul in this page-turner, offering readers a rare glimpse into what it means to be both African and American.”