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Claire of the sea light – by Edwidge Danticat

September 23, 2013

claireA lovely read about a little girl, Claire, who goes missing in a small seaside village in Haiti, and the difficult decision her father is facing. While he and others search for her, stories emerge of other people in their community whose lives are connected with Claire’s family in some way. These stories of loss and tragedy, as well as the thread of the sea, form the tapestry of this small community. I found the stories that make up the novel compelling and the characters interesting, with rich inner lives. Danticat, who is from Haiti, makes the work feel sort of like a fable, with some mystery and magic in the atmosphere; yet it is also an interesting window into life in Haiti: from poor fishermen struggling to make a living from the depleted oceans to the advent of gang violence to issues of class. Recommended!

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