*** Claire of the Sea Light by Edwige Danticat

Claire of the Sea Light starts on the seventh birthday of a motherless girl living with her fisherman father in a small town in Haiti, and steps through her life backwards from there. That first part, played in reverse, is stunning. And then the story grows to include the woman her father is thinking of giving her to, since he is very poor and perhaps wants to escape the setting of his wife’s death, along with other denizens of the town, from  the very rich to the very poor — and it seems that there is no one in between.  This is not a happy story: there are many deaths, along with the girl’s mother, and several violent deaths at that, along with the many cruelties and indignities that go with the pervasive corruption that seems to be woven forever in the fabric of the town.

O, that first chapter…

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  1. Pingback: * The Art of Death by Edwige Danticat | FT's Books

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