The Limbs of the Mukuyu Tree
- Pigment: The Limbs of the Mukuyu Tree
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Young American Aliya Scott travels to Tanzania to help children with her condition. There, people without pigment in their skin are called “zeru-zeru,” meaning “ghost,” and they are believed to possess magical powers. When Aliya goes missing, her father sets out on a mission to find her. He soon discovers that she was up to more than teaching the alphabet and handing out sunblock. With each step, he learns more about his daughter and a country rooted in ancestry, rich with resources, full of mystery and conflict, and a world of witchdoctors and foreign plundering, with little transparency and less justice. From the shadow of the Mukuyu tree, he follows her “ghost” to the head of the dragon in Europe. But will he reach Aliya before it is too late?
Winner of the LYRA Award for Fiction: Mystery / Suspense / Thriller
The International Book Award-Winning Finalist in the Fiction: Cross-Genre Category
"Superbly written, darkly intriguing and absolutely original, Pigment is sure to build an enthusiastic following for Topper and much interest in her future releases. It is recommended without reservation." -BookViral
"Pigment: The Limbs of the Mukuyu Tree is an extraordinary work about an ongoing societal tragedy. It’s most highly recommended." - Jack Magnus, Readers' Favorite
Kindle Customer on Amazon wrote:
***** Wow. What a remarkable story. Topper's quite the storyteller. I loved everything about it. I loved the muscular, melodic voice that is so present in so many good African- American writings. I loved that it's about human rights. I loved the pace, the action, the maturity, the very out of the box and non- cliché characters. The storyline was amazing too. If I had to nit- pick I'd mention that it gets very fast pace and hard to follow, or maybe some incredibility of actions like Aliya getting close enough to throw powder or stay alive so long. Nevertheless, I'd be nit- picking.
I would recommend everyone read this novel to have a picture of a bit of what's going on in Africa currently. The only people that should take a pass are people that can't keep up with fast- paced action, or that get frustrated with foreign and political speak.
John Barksley on Amazon wrote:
***** WOW! This was an amazing book. It was about a young black albino girl from the States. She traveled to Africa to work with the albino children there who are ostracized, killed, dismembered because the people think that the skin, hair, etc. of an albino has special powers. The young girl is kidnapped and her father travels to Africa to find her.
BookJunkie Gurl on Amazon wrote:
***** This was an authentic ghost story. As a black man, intrigued by SCI-FI, MYSTERY, and the African-American connections this one hit on several triggers. Add the mysterious special forces absentee father and well, you'll need the caffeinated spirits tomorrow.
D Brent on Amazon wrote:
***** This story was deep and powerful. This story was an eye opener on the mistreatment of people who are only guilty of having less pigment than others around them.
Venise L. Jacobs on Amazon wrote:
***** Excellent story and powerful topic handled really well. It 's been over a week since I finished reading Pigment and in that time I have found myself not only thinking about the story and characters but searching for information on the theme of the book. I was totally ignorant about it but feel the book conveys it really strongly whilst entertaining with a gripping story. One of the best and most enjoyable books I have read this year.
Nzinga on Amazon wrote:
***** Tears for my Grandma Easter. Originally I thought Ms. Topper had a very vivid imagination until I did a quick Google search. I had no idea that the nightmare I was reading about was the reality for some albinos in Africa. If my albino grandmother had been born in/around Tanzania this could've been her fate. And at this very thought, I cried. Thankful that it wasn't her fate, but saddened that it was some other family's reality.
**** Good read. A touching look into the trials of albinism in Africa. The ending is ruff. I like that the root of the issues is addressed.