Edwidge Danticat’s ‘Everything Inside’ gathers moving stories about the Haitian diaspora
Tampa Bay Times, By Colette Bancroft, Published August 23, 2019
Home, they say, is where the heart is. For those who leave their native land, that can mean their hearts never heal.
That’s true of many of the characters in Edwidge Danticat’s powerful new short story collection, Everything Inside. Like Danticat herself, many of the people in these eight finely crafted stories are members of the Haitian diaspora. They have fled that island nation because of natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes or human disasters like brutal politics and poverty. They live in Florida and New York, but their emotional ties to Haiti are profound.
One woman, Danticat writes, as a young mother in Miami “was so lonely and homesick she kept kissing her babies’ faces, as if their cheeks were plots of land in the country she’d left behind.”
The author was born in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, raised in Haiti and in Brooklyn, and has lived for years in Miami. Her own ties to Haiti are strong; it’s not only her frequent literary subject but a political cause.
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Meet the author
Edwidge Danticat will be a featured author at the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading on Nov. 9 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. tampabay.com/expos/festival-of-reading/