Haiti Noir 2: The Classics

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Edwidge Danticat's short story from Haiti Noir 2: The Classics, "The Port-au-Prince Marriage Special," was included in Ms. Magazine's Fall 2013 issue.

"A worthy sequel that skillfully uses a popular genre to help us better understand an often frustratingly complex and indecipherable society."
--Miami Herald

"There is danger and regret and fear in these stories, as characters try to negotiate a complex and often confounding land."
--Miami ...

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Overview


Edwidge Danticat's short story from Haiti Noir 2: The Classics, "The Port-au-Prince Marriage Special," was included in Ms. Magazine's Fall 2013 issue.

"A worthy sequel that skillfully uses a popular genre to help us better understand an often frustratingly complex and indecipherable society."
--Miami Herald

"There is danger and regret and fear in these stories, as characters try to negotiate a complex and often confounding land."
--Miami Herald, Feature on Haiti Noir 2 Miami launch

"Just when you thought you have read it all and have experienced the best of literary brilliance, there comes along an unrivaled work of narrative intensity, penned with a spellbinding authenticity. Haiti Noir 2 is just that work of art....A rare gem."
--Kaieteur News Online

"Quite a collection...a multi-generational tour of Haiti's literature...It makes you feel as if some things out to have Part twos."
--Kreyolicious

"This is a great collection of stories set in Haiti."
--Book Nerd

Praise for the original Haiti Noir:

"Danticat has succeeded in assembling a group portrait of Haitian culture and resilience that is cause for celebration."
--Publishers Weekly

"This anthology will give American readers a complex and nuanced portrait of the real Haiti not seen on the evening news and introduce them to some original and wonderful writers."
--Library Journal

"While the publisher defines the term 'noir' broadly—requiring sinister tales or crime stories that evoke a strong sense of place and do not have happy endings—the Haiti book offers its own spin with plenty of grisly crime, dire poverty, and references to magic and religion. There is also some tenderness."
--New York Times

Launched with the summer '04 award-winning best seller Brooklyn Noir, Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.

Classic stories by: Danielle Legros Georges, Jacques Roumain, Ida Faubert, Jacques-Stephen Alexis, Jan J. Dominique, Paulette Poujol Oriol, Lyonel Trouillot, Emmelie Prophète, Ben Fountain, Dany Laferrière, Georges Anglade, Edwidge Danticat, Michèle Voltaire Marcelin, Èzili Dantò, Marie-Hélène Laforest, Nick Stone, Marilène Phipps-Kettlewell, Myriam J.A. Chancey, and Roxane Gay.

The original best-selling Haiti Noir comprised all-new stories by today's best Haitian authors. This new volume collects the true classics of Haitian literature--both short stories and excerpts from longer works--and will be an integral piece of understanding how Haitian culture has evolved over the past fifty years. Editor Edwidge Danticat, one of the most respected Haitian writers, has a well-deserved sterling reputation, and here she follows on the success of the original first volume.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/28/2013
The second Haiti entry in Akashic’s noir anthology series reprints 16 stories, two novel excerpts, and one poem covering every corner of the island. Not exactly Cornell Woolrich noir, as Danticat suggests in her introduction when she notes that she wanted to include writers she admires, but the “noir genre, or elements thereof—however stretched—narrowed” her choices. But then, Haiti in general seems foreboding enough, with one of the authors (alongside his supporters) killed by Duvalierists in 1961, another by the 2010 earthquake. Nick Stone’s “Barbancourt Blues” gets the right mood with a man stalked by gangs of young boys, waiting for a chance to take him down. Roxane Gay’s “Things I Know About Fairy Tales” covers the kidnapping of une dyaspora—a native who has moved to another country but returned to visit relatives. The strong point for this volume is that almost all of the stories are by actual Haitians. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617751936
  • Publisher: Akashic Books
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Series: Akashic Noir Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 696,457
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti and moved to the United States when she was twelve. She is the editor of Haiti Noir and author of several books, including Claire of the Sea Light,, Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; and the novel-in-stories The Dew Breaker. She lives in Miami, Florida.
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