on 12 October 2014
I would call this an island story where many of the lives of these Haitians are interwoven as their personal stories unfold. The novel opens with everyone looking for Claire, a seven year old girl who disappears after her birthday party. Her father, a widower, is about to give her away to a woman of means who he thinks can give her a better life. As everyone is looking for Claire, a series of events and stories are happening simultaneously. The subplots include tragedies such as murders, cover-ups; attempted suicides and radio exposures as readers hold their breath to see if Claire will reappear and face her life.