The novel follows Claire Limye Lanme Faustin, a 7-year-old whose mother died during childbirth. Through a collection of stories, Danticat brings to life a small Haitian town and the complications of a community enmeshed in economic struggles.
Kerri says she picked up the book with a bit of skepticism, hoping the book would prove able to portray the trauma and tragedy of Danticat's home country.
"She weaves that together just in a beautiful way that I can't wait to explore when she comes to Talking Volumes," Kerri said.
Deborah Sontag reviewed the book for the New York Times:
Although billed as a novel, "Claire of the Sea Light" functions in much the same way as the stories in Danticat's powerful 2004 collection "The Dew Breaker," its chapters gradually fitting together into a jigsaw puzzle of entwined lives... Claire goes missing in the first chapter and stays missing until the very last pages, as a portrait of Ville Rose's sometimes beautiful, sometimes brutal reality is painted and a collision of fates inches closer.
Stephanie also recommended a book she's been reading, "The More You Ignore Me" by Travis Nichols. Stephanie says it's a funny read, written from the point of view of a troll leaving nasty messages on a wedding blog.
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