The Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora [sic] in the United States

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Edwidge Danticat
Soho Press, 2001 - Fiction - 251 pages
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In four sections—Childhood, Migration, First Generation, and Return—the contributors to this anthology write powerfully, often hauntingly, of their lives in Haiti and the United States. Jean-Robert Cadet's description of his Haitian childhood as a restavec—a child slave—in Port-au-Prince contrasts with Dany Laferriere's account of a ten-year-old boy and his beloved grandmother in Petit-Gove. We read of Marie Helene Laforest's realization that while she was white in Haiti, in the United States she is black. Patricia Benoit tells us of a Haitian woman refugee in a detention center who has a simple need for a red dress—dignity. The reaction of a man who has married the woman he loves is the theme of Gary Pierre-Pierre's "The White Wife"; the feeling of alienation is explored in "Made Outside" by Francie Latour. The frustration of trying to help those who have remained in Haiti and of the do-gooders who do more for themselves than the Haitians is described in Babette Wainwright's "Do Something for Your Soul, Go to Haiti." The variations and permutations of the divided self of the Haitian emigrant are poignantly conveyed in this unique anthology.

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Review: The Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States

User Review  - Mariana - Goodreads

There's a tremendous + beautiful variety in The Butterfly's Way edited by Edwidge Danticat. There are 33 Haitian-American authors + each one writes about a different experiences. Read full review

Review: The Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States

User Review  - Trinity School Summer Reading - Goodreads

The essays, poems, and stories that Edwidge Danticat has collected in this anthology explore the themes of childhood, migration, and return in the Haitian experience. Read full review


Present Past Future Marc Christophe
Restavek JeanRobert Cadet
Homelands MarieHelene Laforest
Bonne Annee JeanPierre Benoit
Black Crows and Zombie Girls Barbara Sanon
Another Ode to Salt Danielle Legros Georges
The Red Dress Patricia Benoit
Something in the Water Reflections of a Peoples Journey
You and Me against the world Martine Bury
Mashe Petyon Katia Ulysse
Chainstitching Phebus Etienne
The Million Man March Anthony Calypso
In Search of a Name Miriam Neptune
Vini Nou Bel Annie Gregroire

A Cigarette Burning at Both Ends Marie Ketsia
The White Wife Garry PierrePierre

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About the author (2001)

Edwidge Danticat is the author of numerous books, including Brother, I'm Dying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a National Book Award finalist; Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; The Dew Breaker, winner of the inaugural Story Prize; and The Farming of Bones, which won an American Book Award for fiction in 1999. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she has been published in The New YorkerThe New York Times, and elsewhere. 

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