'A jewel - a remarkable book, as luminous as its title' Ann Patchett. (Ann Patchett)
'Magnificent ... this is a book that draws its power from its clear-eyed look at both love and decay' Kamila Shamsie, Guardian. (Guardian)
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Ville Rose clings to the Haitian shore, held between the arms of mountain and sea. It is a town of poor fishermen, rising business classes and a fringe of gangland slums - where the ocean is both giver of life and most feared abductor. Claire Limyè Lamnè is born the night her mother dies. Named for the light of the sea, she is brought up by her father, who longs to give her a better life. At last, on the night of her seventh birthday, an affluent shop-owner agrees to adopt her. Then Claire goes missing. As they search desperately, the townspeople each recall one lost love. Whether signified by mystic omen or snatched in shootings; a forbidden love or a first child; their tales reveal a profound connection between locals of distinct classes and creeds - now coming together to bring one promised child back to shore. With a potent alchemy of storytelling and folklore. Danticat delivers her bewitching vision in shimmering, verdant imagery; making the unknowable familiar, the stranger beloved. Like the townspeople, the reader comes to share a common humanity - always caught between the darkness and the light.