Nandi, "The Nanny Diaries" 11-15-2009

Dr. Brenda Greene’s Interview with award-winning author, Nandi on November 15, 2009. They discussed her book “The Nanny Diaries,” a book about how life and its realities can push aside aspirations.

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With Dr. Brenda M. Greene

Executive Director, Center for Black Literature

Interview with:  


This Sunday Nov, 15, 2009

7:00 pm to 7:30 pm








From the Cover.


When the protagonist, Valdi West, left her native Trinidad & Tobago to study at Columbia University on a scholarship, she never expected to be babysitting to survive as an undocumented immigrant in America.


Twenty years later, valid refuse to consider her derailed life. Instead, she focus her razor sharp intuition and cutting wit on her babysitting clique: old lady Madam Lucian, who supplement her meager babysitting wages, by selling homemade bread from her Brooklyn apartment; flighty Monica, who’s not above throwing in a few “perks” into her Green Card marriage; and Ava, her one time confidant, who outgrows her friends as graduation, a government job, and legal American status, seem all within her reach.


Set further and further adrift from her dream of becoming an award- winning writer, Valdi’s life becomes hopelessly entangled unending demands of her latest employers, a dysfunctional East side couple with a five-year-old boy. Valdi’s chance encounter with her estranged, wildly successful, twin sister, while minding the boy, pushes her to the brink. She has two choices: sink or swim.



About the Author

Nandi was born in London and grew- up in Trinidad & Tobago. She attended York University and Medgar Evers College. Her writing has been published for several most extensively in Canada. Her literary essay “Still Shipwrecked,’’ was published by the international peer review journal, “Changing English: studies in research and Culture.’’ Her plays have won awards, and have been featured in notable festivals including the inaugural Caribbean regional Drama Festival. For information e-mail: or call (347) 636-0079