"Excellent African-American mainstream drama"
Her boy friend is in jail for seeing an underage girl
and that leaves Nikai Parker so humiliated she cannot go to
the mailbox, let alone work or talk with her family and
friends. However, she feels perhaps the worst depression
of her life not just because Travis is a no good brotha,
but because she had their unborn aborted without any
personal support three days ago. Her next door neighbor
Sheila persuades Nikai that the humiliation is Travis' not
hers and she needs a night on the town hitting the clubs.
Reluctantly, Nikai agrees to an evening of clubbing
expecting very little from the male crumbs she expects to
To her shock, Nikai meets firefighter Robert Hayes, who
is more than just handsome as he is the complete package of
the caring hunk. They begin to see each other and fall in
love leading Nikai to dream of a lifetime with the person
she believes is her kindred soul mate. However, Robert is
also seeing another woman who has plans for him that rival
that of Nikai.
SOMEONE TO CATCH MY DRIFT is an engaging African-
American relationship drama starring wonderfully complex
lead characters. The story line is humorous yet angst-
laden as Nikai struggles between her feelings and what
Robert wants in their relationship. The metamorphosis of
Nikai makes the novel hum when she has a catharsis that she
must look within before looking without and concludes that
her internal perspective of herself is painful. Jacqueline
Powell's debut tale is a delightful novel that readers will
enjoy for its clever and insightful look at everyday people.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 8, 2002