by Roxane Gay


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Roxane Gay is an award-winning literary voice praised for her fearless and vivid prose, and her debut collection Ayiti exemplifies the raw talent that made her “one of the voices of our age” ( National Post , Canada).

Clever and haunting by turns, Ayiti explores the Haitian diaspora experience. A married couple seeking boat passage to America prepares to leave their homeland. A mother takes a foreign soldier into her home as a boarder, and into her bed. And a woman conceives a daughter on the bank of a river while fleeing a horrific massacre, a daughter who later moves to America for a new life but is perpetually haunted by the mysterious scent of blood. Wise, fanciful, and daring, Ayiti is the book that put Roxane Gay on the map and now, with two previously uncollected stories, confirms her singular vision.

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ISBN-13: 9780802128263
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 269,759
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Roxane Gay is also the New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Hunger ; the story collection Difficult Women ; the novel An Untamed State , which was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize; the essay collection Bad Feminist ; and several comic books in Marvel’s Black Panther: World of Wakanda series. She divides her time between Indiana and Los Angeles.

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Ayiti 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expected a great deal from Roxane Gay's collection of short stories given her terrific reputation and universal praise from the readers I trust the most. And, she did it. From the very first line through the last of this magnificent collection of short stories, Gay weaves a sensual, sensuous world with heartbreaking beauty, passionate love, and unbelievable violence, and hardship. In fluid, agile poetic stories, she sketches the experience of Haiti as a country, a home, and a distant idea. I fell in love with so many characters, people with so little that they turn to one another rather than evade consciousness with television, delicious food, air conditioning, and beautiful clothing. With each singularly beautiful story, she builds a reality that reflect a world that few of us know but all of us live in and share.