Claire of the Sea Light

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2013 - Fiction - 238 pages
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From the best-selling author of Brother, I'm Dying and The Dew Breaker: a stunning new work of fiction that brings us deep into the intertwined lives of a small seaside town where a little girl, the daughter of a fisherman, has gone missing.

Claire Limyè Lanmè—Claire of the Sea Light—is an enchanting child born into love and tragedy in Ville Rose, Haiti. Claire's mother died in childbirth, and on each of her birthdays Claire is taken by her father, Nozias, to visit her mother's grave. Nozias wonders if he should give away his young daughter to a local shopkeeper, who lost a child of her own, so that Claire can have a better life.

But on the night of Claire's seventh birthday, when at last he makes the wrenching decision to do so, she disappears. As Nozias and others look for her, painful secrets, haunting memories, and startling truths are unearthed among the community of men and women whose individual stories connect to Claire, to her parents, and to the town itself. Told with piercing lyricism and the economy of a fable, Claire of the Sea Light is a tightly woven, breathtaking tapestry that explores what it means to be a parent, child, neighbor, lover, and friend, while revealing the mysterious bonds we share with the natural world and with one another. Embracing the magic and heartbreak of ordinary life, it is Edwidge Danticat's most spellbinding, astonishing book yet.

 

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Danticat is one of my favorite authors. I've loved everything that I read by her - fiction, short stories, or non-fiction. But her fiction is sometimes quite difficult to read, dealing with war and ... Read full review

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I really like Edwidge Danticat. Her voice, her use of language, just pulls me in to the story. And when the story is over, I always feel a little bereft. Claire of the Sea Light is the story of Claire ... Read full review

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Contents

Claire of the Sea Light
3
The Frogs
41
Ghosts
63
Starfish
139
Mwen Tell Me 166
166
Claire de Lune
211
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Edwidge Danticat is the author of numerous books, including Brother, I'm Dying, a National Book Critics Circle Award and National Book Award finalist; 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 Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She lives in Miami.

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