The Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States

The Butterfly s Way Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States In four sections Childhood Migration First Generation and Return the contributors to this anthology write powerfully often hauntingly of their lives in Haiti and the United States Jean Robert Cad

  • Title: The Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States
  • Author: Edwidge Danticat
  • ISBN: 9781569472187
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback
  • In four sections Childhood, Migration, First Generation, and Return the contributors to this anthology write powerfully, often hauntingly, of their lives in Haiti and the United States Jean Robert Cadet s description of his Haitian childhood as a restavec a child slave in Port au Prince contrasts with Dany Laferriere s account of a ten year old boy and his belovedIn four sections Childhood, Migration, First Generation, and Return the contributors to this anthology write powerfully, often hauntingly, of their lives in Haiti and the United States Jean Robert Cadet s description of his Haitian childhood as a restavec a child slave in Port au Prince contrasts with Dany Laferriere s account of a ten year old boy and his beloved grandmother in Petit Gove We read of Marie Helene Laforest s realization that while she was white in Haiti, in the United States she is black Patricia Benoit tells us of a Haitian woman refugee in a detention center who has a simple need for a red dress dignity The reaction of a man who has married the woman he loves is the theme of Gary Pierre Pierre s The White Wife the feeling of alienation is explored in Made Outside by Francie Latour The frustration of trying to help those who have remained in Haiti and of the do gooders who do for themselves than the Haitians is described in Babette Wainwright s Do Something for Your Soul, Go to Haiti The variations and permutations of the divided self of the Haitian emigrant are poignantly conveyed in this unique anthology.

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    1. Really very good. This is a collection of tales of the Haitian Diaspora--those who fled from Haiti for various reasons to settle elsewhere, and their reactions both to their new homes and their home in memory.It was not what I expected, due to my own ignorance. I expected it to be much more a collection of writings by people just as if they were journaling, but these are more than that. Yes, it is somewhat like a collection of journals, but the stories are thoughtful, and insightful, and beautif [...]

    2. This book is intriguing. The stories differed in setting, perspectives, and sentiment, although a common aching for Haiti was felt in all the stories . As a member of the Haitian dyaspora myself, I thought the book perfectly illustrated the struggle between knowing Haiti as home, feeling disconnected to it (along with all the other places we immigrants grow to familiarize ourselves with), and recognizing the persistent tug of Haiti and Haitian culture throughout our lives. No matter the amount o [...]

    3. this book has something for everyone some sad, some touching, some sweet stories and poems from haitian-american people living in the 'tenth district.' edited by my favorite author, edwidge danticat.

    4. A very complete collection of stories from the Haitian Dyaspora. Beautifully introduced by Danticat in such a way that the threads all pull together.

    5. The essays, poems, and stories that Edwidge Danticat has collected in this anthology explore the themes of childhood, migration, and return in the Haitian experience.

    6. I want to read her books because I met her in person and I like her story and history, view from an immigrant's perspective and I can identify with her too since I'm also an immigrant.

    7. There’s a tremendous + beautiful variety in The Butterfly’s Way edited by Edwidge Danticat. There are 33 Haitian-American authors + each one writes about a different experiences.

    8. A collection of short pieces from Haitian diaspora. Most of them read like college application essays, but worthwhile in terms of learning more about Haitian immigrant experience in North America.

    9. Short stories from perspective of Haitian-Americans of different generations and backgrounds, different careers and lifestyles, etc."I stand not between two cultures, one Haitian, the other American, but between generations, one belonging to the pre-Duvalier era and the other belonging to the post-Duvalier era. Sometimes it is like standing in a barren no-man's land, but I know that some of us need to be the in-betweens so the gaps will not bleed, so that the discarded will be remembered and the [...]

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