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Set in a seaside village in Haiti, Danticat's fifth work of fiction is both dazzling and intricate. Centering on seven-year-old Claire, the tale looks back to the people she's lost in her short life, even as her future hangs in suspense. Nozias, her fisherman father, struggles to raise Claire alone after her mother's death, but he thinks she would fare better in the home of a wealthy businesswoman. What will Claire's fate be? Danticat was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, but now lives in the United States. She is a MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and the winner of the Story Prize, the Pushcart Short Story Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also a National Book Award nominee.Admission requires purchase of Claire of the Sea Light from Women & Children First. (Note: The Women's Voices Fund will provide a limited number of free tickets for those who cannot afford to buy the book.) Call 773-769-9299 to purchase a book or for more information; online orders can be placed at www.womenandchildrenfirst.com.
"Raw, dark, poetic--Danticat at the top of her game . . . [She] has created a pulsing world of fictional characters . . . [whose] haunting stories make up a web of relationships, coincidences, misunderstandings, and ambitions-a multifaceted Haitian love story in which the shimmering Caribbean is both friend and foe. Danticat is expert at subtly exploring such themes as the far-reaching consequences of poverty and the powerful bonds between parent and child. On these pages, the human heart is laid open and the secret contents of its chambers revealed in all their beauty and agony." --Tayari Jones, O, The Oprah Magazine