*ARC received for an honest review from publisher.
review also at booknerdloleotodo.blogspot.com
I loved “Breath, Eyes, Memory “ by Edwidge Danticat so anything with her name on it, I think, will be a hit. This is a great collection of stories set in Haiti. I love that the stories all take place in different parts of Haiti so readers are able to learn about the geography, history and culture of that particular area.
One of my favorite short stories was “True Life” by Michéle Voltaire Marcelin. Her opening sentence was so impacting, “my mother weeps. And the continuous murmur of her tears is so intense that it’s impossible not to hear it all over the world” (p.176). I think it’s the small island setting that reminded me of Sydney Poitiers’ autobiography “ The Measure of a Man” .
Although all authors in this collection have their own styles (some write in the first person) each one adds an insight into the culture of Haiti. I personally love when literature tells a story within a story. By hearing about the Spanish influences, we are reminded about the history of Haiti. This book should be added as part of a college course somewhere, it’s so rich in culture and literature.