But it’s difficult not to imagine a grieving Danticat cataloging these as the losses she and other Haitians have suffered.As she explained in our conversation, “When I’m writing anything set in Haiti now, whether fiction or nonfiction, always in the back of my mind is how people, including some of my own family members, have been affected not just by history and by the present but also by the earthquake.” I met with Danticat on the campus of Brooklyn College.
As the stories progress, the individuals begin to recede slightly, allowing the town itself, Ville Rose, to come to the fore.
Danticat has always portrayed Haiti with a careful lushness, but in Claire of the Sea Light she seems to have a new fervor.
She’s been so busy it’s almost easy to forget what a homecoming her new book is.
After the long wait, Claire of the Sea Light has just been released by Knopf.
The stories are set in a near, undefined past, but there’s a distinct sense that most of what Danticat is describing is now gone.
There are no omens or soothsayers, and the richness of the place—the tropical vegetation, the precise placement of shops and homes, the Biblical presence and span of family trees—is often a source of joy.
Belonging is the complex process whereby perceptions of self and social allegiances are formed.
As You Like it by William Shakespeare and Chocolat directed by Lasse Hallstrom are two texts that explore how perception of belonging and not belonging can be influenced by connections to people.
But my vision is that belonging should be at the heart of a fundamental discovery: that we all belong to a common humanity, the human race.
We may be rooted in a specific family and culture, but we come to this earth open up to others, ...