ONE TO WATCH (09/10/2013)

Every so often a book or author really grabs my attention...CLAIRE OF THE SEA LIGHT by Edwidge Danticat sounds like a literary gem, a luminous novel. As a long time fan of this Haitian author, I may be showing partiality. You can be the judge.

Danticat is the recipient of numerous awards including the National Book Critics Award. Hopefully CLAIRE OF THE SEALIGHT will live up to her past successes.

CLAIRE OF THE SEA LIGHT by Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat’s first work of fiction since 2004’s THE DEW BREAKER is comprised of eight interlocking stories set in early 21st-century Haiti. The tales revolve around a seven-year-old girl named Claire, whose mother died in childbirth and whose father, a fisherman, now wants to give her away so that she will have a better life. CLAIRE OF THE SEA LIGHT is a riveting portrait of Haitian villagers and is told in
Danticat’s lyrical prose.

Reviewed by Michael Magras at
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