A seaside village in Haiti is the setting for this story of a life change for a young girl and her father and all the things that led up to it. Simple, lyrical, and a bit magical.
Danticat shows us the beautiful, undetected, delicate, and heartbreaking connections she has skilfully built within a community and a nation. A story that builds in beauty, tragedy, and hope as it goes along. If possible, I recommend reading this all in one go (it's not very long) to get the full power of the narrative.
This is a wonderful, subtly written book of interconnected stories set in the village of Ville Rose in Haiti, pre-earthquake, although the earthquake is foreshadowed in the ominous cloud over the village. The lives of the people in the stories are all in some way connected to the child Claire, who serves a symbolic role in the book.
I have liked her other novels, but this one just didn't do it for me.
I have liked Edwidge Danticat's work a lot in the past but I was disappointed in this one.
Maybe it's just me and my resistance to literary fiction. I find so much of it pretentious and boring. This book has been touted as the greatest thing since sliced bread but it's a basic and boring story. ****SPOILER ALERT************************************ Child learns about some plans involving her. Child runs away. Child comes back. Big deal.
A girl loses her mother; a man loses his wife; a woman loses her daughter; a boy loses his friend, impregnates a maid and flees to Miami. All these characters become entwined in Ville Rose, Haiti. I must read more of Danticat!
Loved the title and the cover, the book, not so much. It seemed so disjointed and I didn't really connect to any of the characters.
The author did a splendid job putting the many stories together in which they neatly folded into one. A story about the love of a father who had lost the love of his life at the same time a new love begin. A love so deep he was willing to give her away to give her hope of a new life. A story of a young man who was on the right path but crossed the path of the undesirable and met a fate undeserved. A woman who appeared to have a wonderful life but had dealt with so much pain it took its toll. And a village whose natural beauty is ravaged by time. I will check out other books by this author.
The writing is beautiful, the story painful. I felt that Danticat captured and conveyed the essence of the island. This slim work took me awhile to read but held my imagination long afterward.
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