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Haiti Noir 2: The Classics (Akashic Noir) [Kindle Edition]

Edwidge Danticat
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Book Description

Edwidge Danticat's short story from Haiti Noir 2: The Classics, "The Port-au-Prince Marriage Special," was included in Ms. Magazine's Fall 2013 issue.

"A worthy sequel that skillfully uses a popular genre to help us better understand an often frustratingly complex and indecipherable society."
--Miami Herald

"There is danger and regret and fear in these stories, as characters try to negotiate a complex and often confounding land."
--Miami Herald, Feature on Haiti Noir 2 Miami launch

"Just when you thought you have read it all and have experienced the best of literary brilliance, there comes along an unrivaled work of narrative intensity, penned with a spellbinding authenticity. Haiti Noir 2 is just that work of art....A rare gem."
--Kaieteur News Online

"Quite a collection...a multi-generational tour of Haiti's literature...It makes you feel as if some things out to have Part twos."

"This is a great collection of stories set in Haiti."
--Book Nerd

Praise for the original Haiti Noir:

"Danticat has succeeded in assembling a group portrait of Haitian culture and resilience that is cause for celebration."
--Publishers Weekly

"This anthology will give American readers a complex and nuanced portrait of the real Haiti not seen on the evening news and introduce them to some original and wonderful writers."
--Library Journal

"While the publisher defines the term 'noir' broadly—requiring sinister tales or crime stories that evoke a strong sense of place and do not have happy endings—the Haiti book offers its own spin with plenty of grisly crime, dire poverty, and references to magic and religion. There is also some tenderness."
--New York Times

Launched with the summer '04 award-winning best seller Brooklyn Noir, Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.

Classic stories by: Danielle Legros Georges, Jacques Roumain, Ida Faubert, Jacques-Stephen Alexis, Jan J. Dominique, Paulette Poujol Oriol, Lyonel Trouillot, Emmelie Prophète, Ben Fountain, Dany Laferrière, Georges Anglade, Edwidge Danticat, Michèle Voltaire Marcelin, Èzili Dantò, Marie-Hélène Laforest, Nick Stone, Marilène Phipps-Kettlewell, Myriam J.A. Chancey, and Roxane Gay.

The original best-selling Haiti Noir comprised all-new stories by today's best Haitian authors. This new volume collects the true classics of Haitian literature--both short stories and excerpts from longer works--and will be an integral piece of understanding how Haitian culture has evolved over the past fifty years. Editor Edwidge Danticat, one of the most respected Haitian writers, has a well-deserved sterling reputation, and here she follows on the success of the original first volume.

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About the Author

Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti and moved to the United States when she was twelve. She is the editor of Haiti Noir and author of several books, including Claire of the Sea Light,, Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; and the novel-in-stories The Dew Breaker. She lives in Miami, Florida.

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  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Akashic Books (December 16, 2013)
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  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chilling, Haunting and Interesting. December 27, 2013
I received this as an Early Reviewer book from LibraryThing. This was a different sort of read for me and such a unique treat! It's a collection of short stories based in Haiti from a variety of authors. I enjoyed every story and poem that I read; each vibrating with the passion of Haiti. It was a journey through chilling, terrifying and moving tales that left me wanting to learn even more about Haiti and its history and read more from each of the writers. I even dreamt of tidbits of these stories in my sleep. People will quite often overlook something that isn't of their normal reading material, but I recommend broadening your horizon with a book like this. I felt I was grasping each writers hand as they walked me down a hall opening secret doors to things of shadows and light; love and lust; beauty and terror; real and raw. Thank you for sharing your work!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Connecting Me to My Roots March 28, 2014
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I enjoy the details of Haiti these novels bring to life. It truly captures the culrture, spirit and mystery of Haiti. A GREAT read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Opens Your Eyes to Haiti March 13, 2014
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Exceeded my expectation! Read each short story as if you are hearing it from a friend. The book opens up as read and you will wish there was one more story at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must for anyones library December 17, 2013
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I loved “Breath, Eyes, Memory “ by Edwidge Danticat so anything with her name on it, I think, will be a hit. This is a great collection of stories set in Haiti. I love that the stories all take place in different parts of Haiti so readers are able to learn about the geography, history and culture of that particular area.
One of my favorite short stories was “True Life” by Michéle Voltaire Marcelin. Her opening sentence was so impacting, “my mother weeps. And the continuous murmur of her tears is so intense that it’s impossible not to hear it all over the world” (p.176). I think it’s the small island setting that reminded me of Sydney Poitiers’ autobiography “ The Measure of a Man” .
Although all authors in this collection have their own styles (some write in the first person) each one adds an insight into the culture of Haiti. I personally love when literature tells a story within a story. By hearing about the Spanish influences, we are reminded about the history of Haiti. This book should be added as part of a college course somewhere, it’s so rich in culture and literature.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Stories were not high standard February 20, 2014
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I don't want to be unkind, but for the most part, the stories seemed like they might have been written as an assignment for a fiction writing class. They were not sophisticated or insightful, other than the fact they were set in an exotic location, Haiti. Oh, well, I wish the writers the best, and am sure they had fun seeing their words in print.
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Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti in 1969 and came to the United States when she was twelve years old. She graduated from Barnard College and received an M.F.A. from Brown University. She made an auspicious debut with her first novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, and followed it with the story collection Krik? Krak!, whose National Book Award nomination made Danticat the youngest nominee ever. She lives in New York.

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