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graduated magna cum laude
from Amherst College and married an American, yet the Nigerian’s
life has not gone well. In fact, a decade after he graduated Ike is
driving a cab in New York and his marriage is over.
Blaming his sorry
plight and inability to find a decent job with his thick accent, Ike
also struggles with a drinking problem and gambling addiction. The
lower he sinks, the more he blames discrimination and his former wife
for his rapid decline.
distraught African sees a glimmer of light at the end of a long, dark
tunnel. Ike discovers that there are people in New York who will
spend big bucks to obtain authentic statues of foreign deities.
Thinking back to his home village in Nigeria, Ike knows of an effigy
that would undoubtedly interest these wealthy collectors.
As he returns to his
homeland, Ike believes he now sees a way to reverse his misfortune by
stealing this sacred statue but, if anything, he is about to
complicate his life even more.
This plan to steal the
statue of a cherished native war god is going to set off a maelstrom
that will make Ike’s former problems seem inconsequential given
what he has gotten himself into now.
A multi-faceted novel
that operates on a number of levels, Foreign Gods, Inc. not
only underscores the false promises and frustrations of the immigrant
experience in America but also looks at the nature of religious
conflicts as well as the infatuation society has with owning
authentic ancient artifacts and how destructive that desire can be.