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Claire of the Sea Light (Vintage Contemporaries) Paperback – 1 Jul 2014

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Product details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; Reprint edition (July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307472272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307472274
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,690,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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""Claire of the Sea Light" doesn't have a dull moment. Danticat's captivating visual descriptions of Ville Rose, a seaside town in Haiti, engulf the reader's psyche. But it's the core human struggles that make it impossible to put the novel down . . . She brilliantly sheds light on an array of human issues with sexuality, identity, politics, class . . . A heartfelt journey." --Zayda Rivera, "New York Daily News"
"[An] extraordinary talent in full flower . . . . There's a Faulknerian quality to "Claire of the Sea Light," in the way it examines and presents the lives, plural, and life, singular collective, of a specifically imagined local community from multiple points of view, showing how human stories and lives ramify through and across each other in ways both touching and tragic . . . Astonishing . . . True and beautiful." --Ethan Casey, "The Huffington Post"
"Intoxicating . . . Compelling . . . Illuminating . . . Danticat's substantive work of fiction powerfully explores a vast array of human emotions . . . With great sensitivity and compassion, Danticat evokes the complexity of these giant emotions in women, men and children . . . A book of many triumphs, poignant and vivid, [that] reminds us just how powerful certain moments can be, and that whether these moments are precious, tragic, wishful, or frightening, they may mysteriously lead to a life both beautiful and uncorrupted." --Suzanne Reeder, "BookBrowse"
"Not just a novel about a missing girl--a look at the intersections of loss, longing and place . . . The novel bubbles over with secrets. The concluding image is one of resuscitation. . . "Claire of the Sea Light" is a stylistic achievement; the beautiful prose, captivating story and intricate narrative structure are to be savored." --Julie Hakim Azzam, "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"
"There is no such thing as Haiti. Or, as Danticat makes clear in "Claire of the Sea Light," there is no such thing as one Haiti, no single truth. D

Fiercely beautiful. . . . Brims with enchantments and surprises. Los Angeles Times

Luminous. . . . Danticat s determination to face both light and dark brings the story to life. But her skill as a writer makes the balancing act a pure pleasure to read. . . . [She] is a beautiful storyteller. The Miami Herald

Danticat has created a pulsing world. . . . On these pages, the human heart is laid open and the secret contents of its chambers revealed in all their beauty and agony. . . . Haunting. O, The Oprah Magazine

Hypnotic. . . . Danticat creates rich and varied interior lives for her characters. . . . Heartbreaking. The New York Times Book Review
A revealing portrait that mixes a touch of magic with the tough reality of life in Haiti. NPR
Haunting. . . . Writing with lyrical economy and precision, Ms. Danticat recounts her characters stories in crystalline prose that underscores the parallels in their lives. The New York Times
Vivid and intensely personal. . . . Danticat has been fixing and unfixing her native country since the appearance of her first book. . . . She is a writer . . . inhabited, a writer dedicated to opening her reader s eyes to something she keeps trying to see for herself. San Francisco Chronicle

The biggest questions of life flow from the pen of this brilliant novelist. In Claire of the Sea Light, Danticat folds the story into a package so preciously tight that we can tuck it in our hearts and keep it close and warm. Nikki Giovanni
[Has] the feel of a fairy tale. But its ethereal qualities are offset by its stark portrayal of life in small-town Haiti; the combination makes for a lovely book. New Yorkmagazine
Danticat s language is unadorned, but she uses it to forge intricate connections. . . . The dexterity of her sympathy is an even match for her unflinching vision. The Boston Globe

In a voice tuned to the frequency of sorrow, with a calmness that neither apologizes nor inflames, [Danticat] lays out the terrible choice that many in Haiti have faced: Keep a child in deepest poverty or offer the child to someone with better prospects. . . . A remarkably well-plotted combination of mystery and social critique. The Miami Herald
Danticat has a way of making small lives tell big stories. . . . The stories of the inhabitants of Ville Rose fold into one another in surprising ways; social barriers exist but are constantly transgressed sometimes violently, sometimes with compassion and mutual understanding. Kaiama L. Glover, Public Books

[An] extraordinary talent in full flower . . . . There s a Faulknerian quality toClaire of the Sea Light . . . showing how human stories and lives ramify through and across each other in ways both touching and tragic. The Huffington Post
Haunted by ghosts and grief, lifted by magic and love. . . . Danticat paints each of her characters and their town with vivid detail and lyrical language. . . . [Claire of the Sea Light] is lit with its own inextinguishable glow. Tampa Bay Times

It s the core human struggles that make it impossible to put the novel down. . . . [Danticat] brilliantly sheds light on an array of human issues with sexuality, identity, politics, class. . . . A heartfelt journey. New York Daily News
Beautiful. . . . As usual, Danticat s sentences are sedate, graceful and unpretentious. The Dallas Morning News

Masterful. . . . With Claire of the Sea Light, Danticat stuns us again. Harvard Review"

"Fiercely beautiful. . . . Brims with enchantments and surprises." --Los Angeles Times

"Luminous. . . . Danticat's determination to face both light and dark brings the story to life. But her skill as a writer makes the balancing act a pure pleasure to read. . . . [She] is a beautiful storyteller." --The Miami Herald

"Danticat has created a pulsing world. . . . On these pages, the human heart is laid open and the secret contents of its chambers revealed in all their beauty and agony. . . . Haunting." --O, The Oprah Magazine

"Hypnotic. . . . Danticat creates rich and varied interior lives for her characters. . . . Heartbreaking." --The New York Times Book Review

"A revealing portrait that mixes a touch of magic with the tough reality of life in Haiti." --NPR

"Haunting. . . . Writing with lyrical economy and precision, Ms. Danticat recounts her characters' stories in crystalline prose that underscores the parallels in their lives." --The New York Times

"Vivid and intensely personal. . . . Danticat has been fixing and unfixing her native country since the appearance of her first book. . . . She is a writer . . . inhabited, a writer dedicated to opening her reader's eyes to something she keeps trying to see for herself." --San Francisco Chronicle

"The biggest questions of life flow from the pen of this brilliant novelist. In Claire of the Sea Light, Danticat folds the story into a package so preciously tight that we can tuck it in our hearts and keep it close and warm." --Nikki Giovanni

"[Has] the feel of a fairy tale. But its ethereal qualities are offset by its stark portrayal of life in small-town Haiti; the combination makes for a lovely book." -- New York magazine

"Danticat's language is unadorned, but she uses it to forge intricate connections. . . . The dexterity of her sympathy is an even match for her unflinching vision." --The Boston Globe

"In a voice tuned to the frequency of sorrow, with a calmness that neither apologizes nor inflames, [Danticat] lays out the terrible choice that many in Haiti have faced: Keep a child in deepest poverty or offer the child to someone with better prospects. . . . A remarkably well-plotted combination of mystery and social critique." --The Miami Herald

"Danticat has a way of making small lives tell big stories. . . . The stories of the inhabitants of Ville Rose fold into one another in surprising ways; social barriers exist but are constantly transgressed--sometimes violently, sometimes with compassion and mutual understanding." --Kaiama L. Glover, Public Books

"[An] extraordinary talent in full flower . . . . There's a Faulknerian quality to Claire of the Sea Light . . . showing how human stories and lives ramify through and across each other in ways both touching and tragic." --The Huffington Post

"Haunted by ghosts and grief, lifted by magic and love. . . . Danticat paints each of her characters and their town with vivid detail and lyrical language. . . . [Claire of the Sea Light] is lit with its own inextinguishable glow." --Tampa Bay Times

"It's the core human struggles that make it impossible to put the novel down. . . . [Danticat] brilliantly sheds light on an array of human issues with sexuality, identity, politics, class. . . . A heartfelt journey." --New York Daily News

"Beautiful. . . . As usual, Danticat's sentences are sedate, graceful and unpretentious." --The Dallas Morning News

"Masterful. . . . With Claire of the Sea Light, Danticat stuns us again." --Harvard Review

From the Back Cover

Ville Rose, Haiti.
An enchanted girl goes missing by moonlight on the shores of a poor fishing town. As family, friends and even strangers join the search for her, each remembers a loved one they too have lost. And the threads of memory bind them: together, apart; the secrets they hold close and the stories that they share, are like stars reflected in a dark sea leading her home.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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