An alien from planet Harare comes to Earth to study humans and report back his findings. After visiting Germany, the alien, now using the name “Johan Becker “, ends up in Bridgeport, New York, where he meets a family of Russian immigrants.
The story follows Johan Becker as he observes the family who are struggling to adapt to a new environment while holding on to their old country traditions. The cultural shock the family goes through places them in awkward and funny situations, and the author describes these with plenty of sarcasm and humor.
The characters in Visitor from Harare are quite realistic and it entices the reader to flip through the pages to find out what happens next. Also, anyone familiar with the emigrant communities in American can easily relate with the difficulties the family goes through in this novel.
About the author:
Edward Purizhansky lives in Amherst, New York. He is teaching at Buffalo State College. Purizhansky came to the United States from the former Soviet Union in 1989. The characters described in the novel, and the way they walk through the realities of this new world while beginning their lives in the new country are the result of his close familiarity with the subject.$16.99