What brings the stories together is Danticat's precise yet emotionally charged prose, and the way she has curated this volume to create a satisfying whole
Haunting, profound -- an answered prayer for those who have long treasured Danticat's essential contributions to the Caribbean literary canon. These eight intimate tales, centered primarily around the diverse experiences of women in Port-au-Prince and Miami's Haitian diaspora, probe what it means to love a deeply troubled country, to leave it, and to then come home. Danticat's characters feel not like strangers, but close friends. How does an artist write so deftly from the outside about people's interior lives? Everything Inside is an answer to that question: This remarkable writer shows us how
Immensely rewarding, clear-eyed, gorgeous. . . a stunning collection that features some of the best writing of Danticat's brilliant career. Everything Inside is a relentlessly honest book about how we say goodbye; about compassion and cruelty in the face of death; about, as Danticat writes, 'loves that outlive lovers.' The reader feels connected to Danticat's characters, but she refuses to manipulate her audience with anything sentimental or overly pat. Her writing is, as usual, superb. There are no wasted words; she writes with both economy and urgency, never shying away from difficult questions . . . 'While we are still alive, we are the ones who get to write the story, ' Danticat wrote in [her memoir] The Art of Death. That is what she has done in Everything Inside, and unsurprisingly, she does it perfectly.
Powerful, finely crafted. Like Danticat herself, many in these stories are members of the Haitian diaspora--they live in Florida and New York, but their emotional ties to Haiti are profound. When a home nursing attendant in Miami hears of her ex-husband's lover's abduction, she makes an offer of help--[with] surprising results. A young woman who teaches high school in Brooklyn has never met her father; [now] he's dying and wants to see her, and she finds something she never imagined. In the final story, life passes before [a construction worker's] eyes; Danticat gives us a warm portrait of the life he made, and she renders his death even more heartbreaking by revealing how his undocumented status will shape it . . . Danticat's characters have fled [their] island nation, but her luckiest wanderers find their heart's home, wherever it may be
Impactful . . . Danticat reveals with stunning precision the myriad ways lovers, friends, parents, and even nations people [can] disappoint, as well as the hard knowledge that shapes their path forward. Danticat's women, in particular, find the narrow spaces where they learn to live with difficult decisions. Haiti remains a vital presence--when a woman says, 'I can't live without my country, ' it's as if she's talking about a vital organ. Danticat writes with spare, clean prose; she lets her words breathe. With an unfaltering voice and evocative beauty, Danticat shows the uncelebrated resilience it takes to move toward something that, if not quite happiness, still burns brighter than sorrow
Danticat's voice has woven its way into our consciousness, with unforgettable tales of families and lovers--from Haiti to Miami, Brooklyn, and beyond--often struggling with grief, loss, and missed connections. Her new book deals with marriage and mortality, secrets and separations, as well as the physical and psychological aftershocks of Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake
Poignant, emotionally driven stories by the masterful Danticat, set everywhere from Miami to an unnamed Caribbean island. It's Marie Claire's #ReadWithMC September book club pick, so trust us on this--it's a good one
These stories . . . are stunning ruminations on the Haitian diaspora identity, as well as the layered complexities of seeking hope after tragedy . . . Read it, you will not be disappointed
Danticat is an increasingly important part of the Haitian literary canon, and Everything Inside is a collection of small but powerful consciousnesses - a vivid picture of diaspora and national identity.