Tuesday, October 15, 2013

It really does take a village

Edwidge Danticat's new novel, Claire of the Sea Light is set in a small seaside town in Haiti where a little girl, the daughter of a fisherman, has gone missing. Claire's mother died in childbirth, and her father wonders if he should give away his young daughter to a local shopkeeper who could give Claire a better life. Before he can make his decision, she disappears.

Every hour of every day, parents and children separate so that the child might have a better life. It’s not a concept that comes easy to comprehend in the West.  Edwidge Danticat, gives us a strong understanding that love means sometimes having to say goodbye.

My conversation with Edwedge Danticat:

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