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Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States

Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States [Kindle Edition]

Edwidge Danticat

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In four sections—Childhood, Migration, First Generation, and Return—the contributors to this anthology write powerfully, often hauntingly, of their lives in Haiti and the United States. Jean-Robert Cadet's description of his Haitian childhood as a restavec—a child slave—in Port-au-Prince contrasts with Dany Laferriere's account of a ten-year-old boy and his beloved grandmother in Petit-Gove. We read of Marie Helene Laforest's realization that while she was white in Haiti, in the United States she is black. Patricia Benoit tells us of a Haitian woman refugee in a detention center who has a simple need for a red dress—dignity. The reaction of a man who has married the woman he loves is the theme of Gary Pierre-Pierre's "The White Wife"; the feeling of alienation is explored in "Made Outside" by Francie Latour. The frustration of trying to help those who have remained in Haiti and of the do-gooders who do more for themselves than the Haitians is described in Babette Wainwright's "Do Something for Your Soul, Go to Haiti." The variations and permutations of the divided self of the Haitian emigrant are poignantly conveyed in this unique anthology.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 429 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1569472181
  • Publisher: Soho Press (1 July 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J4X9LA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Proud Collection 4 Sep 2001
By "cathymarie" - Published on
I was excited when I heard that this book was coming out and did not miss the chance to buy it at publication. To say I was inspired when reading the book would have to be an understatement. I have always been proud to be Haitian but reading through the book heightened my pride incredibly. It is a fantastic collection of talented and gifted Haitian writers who speak to you at so many levels of what it feels like to be a Haitian either born and raised in Haiti or born and raised here in the states. I identified with many of them and marvelled at how humorous and deep our experiences range. The stories are funny, touching, educational and inspiring. I'm glad that there are so many Haitian people out there who are proud of where they come from and are helping the rest of us shout with pride as well. Thank you, Edwidge. You are an inspiration and a gifted person and I thank you for bringing this collection out into the public.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reconnecting to my heritage 6 Jun 2001
By henriette c peterson - Published on
Ever since i Discovered the work of Edwidge Danticat years ago,i've been reading anything i encounter, authored by her. thus, my encounter with "The Butterfly's Way." i was so excited to see her name, i initially missed the fact that this is a collection of short stories by various authors. Oh, but what a pleasant surprise. i identified with nearly all of the stories, and was so pleased to discover so many gifted authors of Haitian descent.At times sad,others funny, the butterfly's way resonates truth,and understanding. i highly recommend it.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Butterfly's Way 6 Nov 2002
By Frankmajordad1 - Published on
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I ordered this book based on name recognition, the editor.
This book should be mandatory reading for all students of social studies.
Well witten, candid short stories.
Thank you to the contributors for their thoughts and experiences.
Thank you to the editor, for exposing and immortalize the words and thought of a nation.
Please order this book, find out for yourself. Trust me, once you start reading, you will not stop.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This moving anthology 19 April 2001
By A Customer - Published on
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This moving anthology offers a human vision of Haiti, Haitians, and the diaspora. Danticat is to be commended for her careful shaping of the book, and the contributors have marshalled powerful, poetic, and individual experiences that offer a rounded vision of the Haitian and Haitian-American experience. In the fineness of its particularized portrayals, it transcends itself to deserve a place on the shelf of world literature.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vive Haiti 20 April 2002
By Not Giving It - Published on
This book is an excellent compilation on various aspect of Haiti, Haitian/American Culuture.
The stories and poems touch on so many different aspects of life as a haitian from being haitian homosexual, to being a restavek, to interracial dating, to name a few of the topics touched on.
This book is a must-read for all HAITIANS and anyone interested in understanding the Haiti and her people.
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