Claire of the Sea Light

Claire of the Sea Light

Book - 2013
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"The interconnected secrets of a coastal Haitian town are revealed when one little girl, the daughter of a fisherman, goes missing"--
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307472274
Branch Call Number: F Dan


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RogerDeBlanck Jul 24, 2018

Claire of the Sea Light is the type of unforgettable novel that pulls at the heartstrings and produces an almost unbearable degree of searing emotion. Claire Limye Lanme Faustin is the title character, and she is, of course, focal to the narrative, but she also serves as the lightning rod from which multiple storylines are illuminated. Each of these tales has a rhapsodic quality, full of pain and brimming with enchantment. Danticat examines an array of complex characters from the town of Ville Rose in Haiti, and she gives us a magnificent tapestry of lives, all of them haunted by suffering and struggle. The connectivity of these wounded souls feels like a human mosaic of experiences that range from love and grief to betrayal and redemption. The lovely, poetic quality of Danticat’s prose is nothing short of mesmerizing. She brings to life a spellbinding place in Haiti, steeped in tragedy, reliant on hope, always full of compassion.

CRRL_VirginiaJ Jun 08, 2017

A seaside village in Haiti is the setting for this story of a life change for a young girl and her father and all the things that led up to it. Simple, lyrical, and a bit magical.

Jun 01, 2016

Danticat shows us the beautiful, undetected, delicate, and heartbreaking connections she has skilfully built within a community and a nation. A story that builds in beauty, tragedy, and hope as it goes along. If possible, I recommend reading this all in one go (it's not very long) to get the full power of the narrative.

Nov 05, 2015

This is a wonderful, subtly written book of interconnected stories set in the village of Ville Rose in Haiti, pre-earthquake, although the earthquake is foreshadowed in the ominous cloud over the village. The lives of the people in the stories are all in some way connected to the child Claire, who serves a symbolic role in the book.

aisha65 Aug 11, 2014

I have liked her other novels, but this one just didn't do it for me.

Jane60201 Feb 26, 2014

I have liked Edwidge Danticat's work a lot in the past but I was disappointed in this one.

Feb 21, 2014

Maybe it's just me and my resistance to literary fiction. I find so much of it pretentious and boring. This book has been touted as the greatest thing since sliced bread but it's a basic and boring story. ****SPOILER ALERT************************************ Child learns about some plans involving her. Child runs away. Child comes back. Big deal.

gracindaisy Feb 19, 2014

A girl loses her mother; a man loses his wife; a woman loses her daughter; a boy loses his friend, impregnates a maid and flees to Miami. All these characters become entwined in Ville Rose, Haiti. I must read more of Danticat!

rowanquincy Jan 31, 2014

Loved the title and the cover, the book, not so much. It seemed so disjointed and I didn't really connect to any of the characters.

Jan 14, 2014

The author did a splendid job putting the many stories together in which they neatly folded into one. A story about the love of a father who had lost the love of his life at the same time a new love begin. A love so deep he was willing to give her away to give her hope of a new life. A story of a young man who was on the right path but crossed the path of the undesirable and met a fate undeserved. A woman who appeared to have a wonderful life but had dealt with so much pain it took its toll. And a village whose natural beauty is ravaged by time. I will check out other books by this author.

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