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This is Edwidge Danticat's first novel in nine years, but she has not been forgotten: Her last book, the memoir Brother, I'm Dying was a National Book Critics Circle Award winner and a National Book Award finalist. In this widely anticipated new work, the Haitian-American writer returns to her native land with a story about a child whose brief life has already been punctuated by death and uncertainty. The mother of Claire Limyè Lanmè ("Claire of the Sea Light") lost her life in childbirth, leaving her father with the bitter question of whether he can keep her. Circling from past to present and then back again, the fiction both invites us into its sinuous prose and haunts us with the gathering suspense about her future. Certain to receive wide critical attention.