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Claire of the Sea Light
Claire of the Sea Light | Edwidge Danticat
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From the best-selling author of Brother, Im 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 Limy LanmClaire of the Sea Lightis an enchanting child born into love and tragedy in Ville Rose, Haiti. Claires mother died in childbirth, and on each of her birthdays Claire is taken by her father, Nozias, to visit her mothers 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 Claires 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 Danticats most spellbinding, astonishing book yet. This edition includes a reading group guide.
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Kazzie
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The timeline jumps around, the narrative is subtle. The characters are complex and relatable. Interesting to read a story set in Haiti

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Sapphire
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When I decided to participate in #foodandlit2022 I also wanted to #ROOT. I found tittles in my tbr for 10 of the 12 countries, missing only Haiti and Kenya. I have a friend in Kenya I will be asking for recs. But I was so touched and excited that my husband researched, selected, and gave this title to me for Christmas to read together for Haiti! #texreader #butterfinger #catsandbooks

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SherryJones
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This book is so beautiful and complex, I‘m seized with the desire to read it again as soon as I have finished. Anyone familiar with Edwidge Danticat‘s books will not be surprised to learn that the writing is stellar, the characters vivid, the story nuanced and true in its exploration of what it means to be human. Set in Haiti among heartbreak and much joy as Claire‘s father gives her away so she can escape the misery of their impoverished life.

Malthe Going to have a look see 12mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻❤️ 12mo
Malthe Hello Sherry 12mo
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my.books.in.squares
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SamAnne I‘ve loved everything I‘ve read by her and keep meaning to dive into another book of hers. 2y
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MsLeah8417
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Dilara Four stars! I've read the description and a couple of reviews, and now I want to read the book... 2y
MsLeah8417 @Dilara I love the work of Edwidge Danticat. This was my third read of hers and my TBR shelf has many more to go. 2y
SamAnne Love Edwidge Danticant! (edited) 2y
MsLeah8417 @SamAnne Me, too! 2y
Dilara @MsLeah8417 I read Krik? Krak? and Brother I'm dying, and enjoyed them 😊. I might make Claire of the Sea Light my third read too: it sounds really interesting. 2y
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MsLeah8417
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The worst possible case of unrequited love, Jessamine told him, was feeling rejected by a parent. Was the second worst being rejected by your child?

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Nebklvr
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This is definitely an island book. The people live their lives in tandem with the sea. It provides them with food and livelihoods but sometimes steals their lives. Claire of the Sea Light received her name from the sea but in a way, lost her mother to it. Interlocking lives and tragedies, this feels like a fairy tale but one with no resolution.

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Soubhiville
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Each chapter in this one highlights a different character in a small town in Haiti. It‘s good, but I felt an emotional remove from all of the characters, I think I just didn‘t connect as well as I would have liked with the author‘s style.

The previous owner made some annotations, which were interesting to read.

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MsLeah8417
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She never disappoints ♥️

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Graywacke
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I was a little emotionally detached listening in the car. Admired from a distance. Several stories of different characters in a small Haitian seaside town all tie in together, generally to same point in time. That is it's all happening at once. Enjoyed Haiti, and the different view points, had some trouble with the narrative that seemed easily distracted, persistently wandering off on tangents just on the verge of some insight.

Graywacke I‘ll add, as I‘m thinking of about it, I do wonder what Danticat intended by that wandering. 4y
RaimeyGallant Where is this picture from? It's like magic. 4y
Graywacke @RaimeyGallant sorry, sadly I don't know. Found it on a page about bioluminescence. But I couldn't find a reference to the location. (edited) 4y
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Graywacke @RaimeyGallant it is quite magical. The waves agitate the critters and cause them to light up as if to avoid prey. Which I didn't know and adds a little layer to the book. 4y
BarbaraBB I have to check this out, I want to learn more about Haïti. Thanks for bringing it to my radar! 4y
Graywacke @BarbaraBB You might appreciate the creole French (only tiny bits, and the author always translates to English) 4y
SqueakyChu Ooooooh! Love the bioluminescence! 💕 4y
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Graywacke
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Random note to say I‘m really enjoying this. Took a little time. Today I figured out where I recognize the readers voice. Robin Miles also reads The Warmth of Other Suns (by Isabel Wilkerson), one of my favorite books and audiobooks ever. I think her voice puts me in a good mood by unconscious association.

rockpools TWOOS sounds amazing- I'm on the hunt for something epic on audio right now - might be the way to go. 4y
Graywacke @RachelO Hi Rachel. It‘s a special book -twoos. Not exactly a page turner, but one that hangs around. 4y
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Graywacke
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Started this on audio yesterday. A little slow so far, not helped by dispassionate 3rd person voice, but intrigued by the look into a life in a small Haitian seaside town.

Lindy I love interconnected short stories in general and I thought that format worked especially well in this quiet, unsettling portrait of a place and its people. 4y
Graywacke @Lindy thanks Lindy. I‘m coming in blind and wasn‘t even aware these were short stories. (Just know the author by name). 4y
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JacintaMCarter
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I enjoyed most of this book. The various storylines come together slowly, giving the story a slight air of mystery as you try to figure out how all of these seemingly random people relate to each other. I was a little disappointed by the ending, though. It seemed way too abrupt, and I was positive that I was missing the last CD until the narrator said, "The End."

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Kathrin
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The book was like a blur to me. The stories were loosely connected and I had a very hard time to focus.

Suzze I read about half of this as an advance copy and realized I wasn‘t “getting it”. Reluctantly, I let it go. 5y
Kathrin @Suzze I listen to it on audio which I think made it even harder to follow. 5y
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beaconhillbooks
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I enjoyed Danticat‘s writing however the multiple POV story telling didn‘t work for me. Opening the book with Claire disappearing and then not hearing from her again until the end bothered me. I didn‘t really like any of the characters that hadn‘t died but Claire. Since there was so much sadness I had thought Claire was not returning so I‘m thankful for that at least.

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lauralovesbooks1
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This was somewhere between a pick and so-so for me. The writing was exquisite. Danticat is extremely talented at creating atmosphere by describing her characters and how they are interacting with the world around them. I did feel, however, that it jumped perspective too many times and lost the narrative thread in a few sections. I think if I had read this all in one or two settings, it would have been a better reading experience.

Kathrin I am just an hour or so into the audio and the perspective changes are really confusing. 5y
lauralovesbooks1 @Kathrin I would have gotten lost on audio. :) 5y
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MPL
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Our Deep Cover book club is reading Claire of the Sea Light in October!

wanderlustforwords I‘m reading it right now and really enjoying the easy writing and the story. 5y
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Leniverse
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"There was something tragic about a generation whose hopes had been raised, then dashed over and over again. Had they been poisoned by disappointment? Their leaders and elders - including himself- had made them so many promises that they'd been, for whatever reason, unable to keep. Idealists had been killed to make room for gangsters."

wanderlustforwords I‘m really liking it! His writing has an ease to it and the story flows so well! Great quote! 5y
Leniverse @wanderlustforwords The author is a she, but yes. 😉 I'd like to also read 5y
wanderlustforwords @Leniverse I keep making that mistake. 5y
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Leniverse
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This made my parenting paranoia spike. I do remember that feeling from when they were babies and when they first started day care. You start to relax of course, or you go mad. But sometimes parenting paranoia is justified, and that thought can still give me anxiety attacks. 😟

wanderlustforwords I‘m loving reading it right now! 5y
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Leniverse
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Anyone named Claire here? ❤️😁Your name has the power to make the sun rise.

rubyslippersreads It's my middle name. 😀 6y
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dibs_j
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"Then Limyè Lanmè. Claire of the Sea Light."

wanderlustforwords Loving it! Kind of wish I‘d bought the book instead of reading it on Kindle. 5y
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Amie
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Just downloaded this month's New Yorker: Fiction podcast with Junot Diaz reading a story (not the book tagged) by Edwidge Danticat. This will be good listening for the drive to work and back tomorrow.

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rockpools
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Such a beautiful book.

Pic: SBPR on Flickr

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rockpools
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Well, this is as wonderful as everyone says.

Donna_sBookMinute Thought I had added this one. 6y
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RealLifeReading
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#somethingforsept Set by the sea. The problem with my seaside books is that I don't actually own them. I loved Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat w tells the story of a fisherman's daughter. The Girl from the Coast by Pramoedya Ananta Toer has a young girl from a small fishing village who is betrothed to an aristocrat. This photo was taken at Drakes Beach at Point Reyes where despite being q far fr the nearest town has a little bookstore

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CherylDeFranceschi
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On the eve of Claire's 7th birthday, she disappears. These interconnected stories about the residents of the fictional Ville Rose, Haiti are filled with so much humanity. The joy, magic and pain of ordinary life are all laid bare here as well as touching on issues of class, sexuality and politics. #somethingforsept

RealLifeReading That was the book I had in mind when I thought of today's prompt! I LOVED this book! 6y
CherylDeFranceschi @RealLifeReading It was so good! Sorry to pick your choice! 6y
wanderlustforwords I hope you liked it! I‘m really enjoying it. It‘s a book that‘s easy to settle into with great flow and a captivating story. 😁 5y
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