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Edwidge Danticat

MacArthur Fellow and acclaimed Haitian writer, author of Brother, I'm Dying and Claire of the Sea Light

Edwidge Danticat, 2009 MacArthur Fellow
  • About Edwidge Danticat

    Edwidge Danticat published her first novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, at the age of twenty-five. The book was selected for Oprah’s Book Club and was immediately recognized by readers and critics alike as heralding the emergence of a shining new literary talent. Danticat’s profound connection to her native Haiti has not only informed her literary output, but has made her a powerful and passionate advocate.

    Her newest book, Claire of the Sea Light, is a stunning new work of fiction that brings us deep into the intertwined lives of a small seaside town where a little girl has gone missing. It was published in 2013, to much critical acclaim.

    Previous works include Brother, I’m Dying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and was a National Book Award finalist; 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. Danticat has also received the MacArthur “Genius Grant” and been published inThe New Yorker, The New York Times, and elsewhere.

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    Praise for The Farming of Bones

    [With] hallucinatory vigor and a sense of mission … Danticat capably evokes the shock with which a small personal world is disrupted by military mayhem…. The Farming of Bones offers ample confirmation of Edwidge Danticat’s considerable talents.

    The New York Times Book Review

    A passionate story … Richly textured, deeply personal details particularize each of Danticat’s characters and give poignancy to their lives. Often, her tales take on the quality of a legend.

    The Seattle Times

    Praise for The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story

    The author lends a deeply personal touch to this study. . . . Danticat takes on an unpleasant topic with sensitivity and passion.

    Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    Danticat, in her slim, absorbing volume on this enormous subject, one in the “art of” series published by Graywolf Press, takes a tour of the dark side, holding up for view the guises that death has assumed in works by Leo Tolstoy, Gabriel García Márquez, Albert Camus, Toni Morrison and others, and offering her own reflections.

    The New York Times Book Review

    What’s important about reading great writing about death—or in the case of The Art of Death, reading about reading about it—is that it teaches us how to live.

    Chicago Tribune

    Praise for Claire of the Sea Light

    [An] extraordinary talent in full flower ...There’s a Faulknerian quality to Claire of the Sea Light, in the way it examines and presents the lives, plural, and life, singular collective, of a specifically imagined local community from multiple points of view, showing how human stories and lives ramify through and across each other in ways both touching and tragic...Astonishing...True and beautiful.

    Ethan Casey, The Huffington Post

    In her memoir Brother, I’m Dying, Danticat wrote about her own sense of abandonment as a child, when first her father and then her mother left for New York, leaving her with relatives. In Danticat’s own story, and this novel’s story of Claire, love endures in the face of death and departure and disappointment.

    Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
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