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Claire of the Sea Light - Edwidge Danticat
Claire of the Sea Light
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From the best-selling author of Brother, I’m Dying and The Dew Breaker: a stunning new work of fiction that brings us deep into the intertwined lives of a small seaside town where a little girl, the daughter of a fisherman, has gone missing. Claire Limyè Lanmè—Claire of the Sea Light—is an... show more
From the best-selling author of Brother, I’m Dying and The Dew Breaker: a stunning new work of fiction that brings us deep into the intertwined lives of a small seaside town where a little girl, the daughter of a fisherman, has gone missing. Claire Limyè Lanmè—Claire of the Sea Light—is an enchanting child born into love and tragedy in Ville Rose, Haiti. Claire’s mother died in childbirth, and on each of her birthdays Claire is taken by her father, Nozias, to visit her mother’s grave. Nozias wonders if he should give away his young daughter to a local shopkeeper, who lost a child of her own, so that Claire can have a better life. But on the night of Claire’s seventh birthday, when at last he makes the wrenching decision to do so, she disappears. As Nozias and others look for her, painful secrets, haunting memories, and startling truths are unearthed among the community of men and women whose individual stories connect to Claire, to her parents, and to the town itself. Told with piercing lyricism and the economy of a fable, Claire of the Sea Light is a tightly woven, breathtaking tapestry that explores what it means to be a parent, child, neighbor, lover, and friend, while revealing the mysterious bonds we share with the natural world and with one another. Embracing the magic and heartbreak of ordinary life, it is Edwidge Danticat’s most spellbinding, astonishing book yet.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307271792 (030727179X)
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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The Book Diva's Reads
The Book Diva's Reads rated it
3.0 Claire of the Sea Light
3.5 star read
bookaneer
bookaneer rated it
4.0 "Chèche Lavi."
[“Every day, we must get up and look for life.”] --Haitian saying Claire of the Sea Light is a lovely little story. The language is beautiful and evocative, and I was fascinated by the details of everyday life in Haiti. At the same time, I think this falls far more neatly into the category of li...
Gayla
Gayla rated it
3.5 Claire of the Sea Light
I do love the way Edwidge Danticat writes. This book is full of lovely passages but never feels overwritten. You never get the idea that Danticat is trying too hard; this is just the way she expresses herself. The book feels effortless, and yet it's hard to find a page without a memorable, evocative...
Parnassus Reads
Parnassus Reads rated it
5.0 Claire of the Sea Light
Claire of The Sea Light is an ensnaring, beautiful, and evocative novel by Hatian-American author Edwidge Danticat. I was immediately drawn into the narrative by the first paragraph, and did not put it down until I was done, four hours later. Claire of the Sea Light is less about the titular charact...
MatthewHunter
MatthewHunter rated it
Edwidge Danticat's pretty close to the top of my favorites list as far as authors go. Her earlier work [b:The Farming of Bones|31115|The Farming of Bones|Edwidge Danticat|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1347354314s/31115.jpg|2902] touched me deeply, and played a major role in me deciding ...
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