Claire of the Sea Light

Claire of the Sea Light

by Edwidge Danticat
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Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

A New York Times Book Review and Washington Post Notable Book of the Year, an NPR "Great Read," a Christian Science Monitor Best Fiction Book, and a Library Journal Top Book

Just as her father makes the wrenching decision to send her away for a chance at a better life, Claire Limyè Lanmè—Claire of the Sea Light—suddenly disappears. As the people of the Haitian seaside community of Ville Rose search for her, painful secrets, haunting memories, and startling truths are unearthed. In this stunning novel about intertwined lives, Edwidge Danticat crafts a tightly woven, breathtaking tapestry that explores the mysterious bonds we share—with the natural world and with one another.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307472274
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 273,047
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Edwidge Danticat is the author of numerous books, including Brother, I’m Dying, a National Book Critics Circle Award winner and National Book Award finalist; 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 Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She lives in Miami.

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Claire of the Sea Light 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Ash5 More than 1 year ago
Edwidge Danticat is a brilliant author. Claire of the Sea Light is an amazing book about what happens when a young girl disappears. As her father and the community search for her, secrets are revealed. There are many twists and turns to this novel. Five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Danicat's characters are complex and the interweaving of their stories and relationships is simple and elegant. Her judicious use of words belies the density of the descriptions. She weaves in modern day Haiti and its paths to its present in subtle ways. Her use of the spiritual context that surrounds her characters and Haitian society is natural. One of her better works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book after a friend suggested it to me. Edwidge Danticat's writing is elegant and transforming. She weaves a story filled with twists and turns and proves that lives are intermingled, even when we don't realize it. It is sad and horrifying at times, yet leaves you wanting more. There is a sweetness within the sadness, which makes it satisfying. After reading this I read Breath, Eyes, Memory and loved it as much, if not more. I have ordered three more of her books and cannot wait for them to arrive!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with just reading the excerpt. wow, great job.Great Christmas gift.
LynnLD More than 1 year ago
I would call this an island story where many of the lives of these Haitians are interwoven as their personal stories unfold.  The novel opens with everyone looking for Claire, a seven year old girl who disappears after her birthday party.  Her father, a widower, is about to give her away to a woman of means who he thinks can give her a better life.  As everyone is looking for Claire, a series of events and stories are happening simultaneously.  The subplots include tragedies such as murders, cover-ups; attempted suicides and radio exposures as readers hold their breath to see if Claire will reappear and face her life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting character(s) study, with societal changes and customs playing their part. Author manages this in a forthright, yet subdued way, without being preachy.
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
The story line jumps around too much but I am glad I bought and read this book, interesting culture.
Ashtead More than 1 year ago
Well written, kept my interest throughout. Will look for more of her works. Very different as well as very compelling story. Good job!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I could not put it down. Edwidge is a great author. Looking forward to more of her works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great storytelling and another classic from Danticat
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Artichokes More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written but very depressing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Edwidge Danticat never dissappoints me. Love the book great story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Used this as a book club selection. Most did not like the book but after discussion found they had not read it closely enough. Characters and location were easily visualized. The time shift made it difficult to follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved/ enjoyed this book very much!!! The way it is written draws anyones attention. She goes back and fourth and each time you are wondering what is going to happen next. I was very pleased and would recommend this book to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful language and engaging structure
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