Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994), the novel born from Edwidge Danticat's childhood in Haiti and immigration to New York City, was one of the great literary debuts of recent times, marking the emergence of an impressive talent in addition to opening up an entire culture to a broad general readership. This gifted author went on to win the American Book Award in 1999 for her novel, The Farming of Bones (1998), attracting further critical acclaim.
Offering an accessible guide for readers and critics alike, this book is the first publication devoted entirely to Danticat's unique and remarkable work. It is also distinctive in that it addresses all of her published writing up to The Dew Breaker (2004), including her writing for children, her travel writing, her short fiction, and her novels. The book contains an exclusive interview with Danticat, in which she discusses her recent memoir, Brother, I'm Dying (2007), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. It also includes an extensive bibliography.
With contributions from Danticat's fellow creative writers from both the Caribbean and the United States as well as leading scholars of Caribbean literature, this collection of essays aims to enrich readers' understanding of the various geographical, literary, and cultural contexts of her work and to demonstrate how it both influences and is influenced by them.
Madison Smartt Bell * Myriam J. A. Chancy * Maryse Cond * J. Michael Dash * Charles Forsdick * Mary Gallagher * R gine Michelle Jean-Charles * Carine Mardorossian * Nad ve M nard * Martin Munro * Nick Nesbitt * Mireille Rosello * Renee H. Shea * velyne Trouillot * Lyonel Trouillot * Kiera Vaclavik
Martin Munro is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Literature at Florida State University. He is the author of Shaping and Reshaping the Caribbean: The Work of Aime Cesaire and Rene Depestre (2000) and Exile and Post-1946 Haitian Literature: Alexis, Depestre, Ollivier, Laferriere, Danticat (2007). He is a member of the Small Axe editorial collective, and is currently working on rhythm in New World cultures. Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw is Lecturer of Francophone Caribbean Literature and Nineteenth-century French Poetry at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago. She is the author of articles on the Caribbean cultural landscape as presented in the works of Gisele Pineau, Yanick Lahens, Edwidge Danticat and Marie Chauvet. Her first collection of short stories, Four Taxis Facing North, was published in 2007