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Product Details

  • Series: Akashic Noir
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Akashic Books (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617751936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617751936
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Calvert on December 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Djamila on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith Treharne on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By booknerd on 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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Lawrence on 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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