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 five sections--Childhood, Migration, Half/First Generation, Return, and Future--the thirty-three contributors to this anthology write movingly, often hauntingly, of their lives in Haiti and the United States. Their dyaspora, much like a butterfly's fluctuating path, is a shifting landscape in which there is much travel between two worlds, between their place of origin and their adopted land.

This compilation of essays and poetry brings together Haitian-Americans of different generations and backgrounds, linking the voices for whom English is a first language and others whose dreams will always be in French and Krey l. Community activists, scholars, visual artists and filmmakers join renowned journalists, poets, novelists and memoirists to produce a poignant portrayal of lives in transition.

Edwidge Danticat, in her powerful introduction, pays tribute to Jean Dominique, a sometime participant in the Haitian dyaspora and a recent martyr to Haiti's troubled politics, and the many members of the dyaspora who refused to be silenced. Their stories confidently and passionately illustrate the joys and heartaches, hopes and aspirations of a relatively new group of immigrants belonging to two countries that have each at times maligned and embraced them.

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THE BUTTERFLY'S WAY: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States

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Thirty-three Haitians and Haitian-Americans reflect on their experiences away from the island.Haitian writer Danticat (The Farming of Bones, 1998, etc.) edited this collection of short works by ... Read full review

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Danticat, author of the award-winning Breath, Eyes, Memory, has brought together numerous poems, essays, stories, and letters by individuals whose Haitian experiences helped shape them. The definition ... 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 Yorker, The New York Times, and elsewhere.

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