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Krik? krak!, Edwidge Danticat

Label
Krik? krak!
Title
Krik? krak!
Statement of responsibility
Edwidge Danticat
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Edwidge Danticat's only short story collection. Gorgeous 10th anniversary edition--complete with a new story! Arriving one year after the Haitian-American's first novel (Breath, Eyes, Memory) alerted critics to her compelling voice, these 10 stories, some of which have appeared in small literary journals, confirm Danticat's reputation as a remarkably gifted writer. Examining the lives of ordinary Haitians, particularly those struggling to survive under the brutal Duvalier regime, Danticat illuminates the distance between people's desires and the stifling reality of their lives. A profound mix of Catholicism and voodoo spirituality informs the tales, bestowing a mythic importance on people described in the opening story, "Children of the Sea," as those "in this world whose names don't matter to anyone but themselves." The ceaseless grip of dictatorship often leads men to emotionally abandon their families, like the husband in "A Wall of Fire Rising," who dreams of escaping in a neighbor's hot-air balloon. The women exhibit more resilience, largely because of their insistence on finding meaning and solidarity through storytelling; but Danticat portrays these bonds with an honesty that shows that sisterhood, too, has its power plays. In the book's final piece, "Epilogue: Women Like Us," she writes: "Are there women who both cook and write? Kitchen poets, they call them. They slip phrases into their stew and wrap meaning around their pork before frying it. They make narrative dumplings and stuff their daughter's mouths so they say nothing more." These stories inform and enrich one another, as the female characters reveal a common ancestry and ties to the fictional Ville Rose. In addition to the power of Danticat's themes, the book is enhanced by an element of suspense--we're never certain, for example, if a rickety boat packed with refugees introduced in the first tale will reach the Florida coast. Spare, elegant and moving, these stories cohere into a superb collection"--
  • "Edwidge Danticat's only short story collection. Gorgeous 10th anniversary edition--complete with a new story! Examining the lives of ordinary Haitians, particularly those struggling to survive under the brutal Duvalier regime, Danticat illuminates the distance between people's desires and the stifling reality of their lives. A profound mix of Catholicism and voodoo spirituality informs the tales, bestowing a mythic importance on people described in the opening story, "Children of the Sea," as those "in this world whose names don't matter to anyone but themselves." The ceaseless grip of dictatorship often leads men to emotionally abandon their families, like the husband in "A Wall of Fire Rising," who dreams of escaping in a neighbor's hot-air balloon. The women exhibit more resilience, largely because of their insistence on finding meaning and solidarity through storytelling; but Danticat portrays these bonds with an honesty that shows that sisterhood, too, has its power plays. In the book's final piece, "Epilogue: Women Like Us," she writes: "Are there women who both cook and write? Kitchen poets, they call them. They slip phrases into their stew and wrap meaning around their pork before frying it. They make narrative dumplings and stuff their daughter's mouths so they say nothing more." These stories inform and enrich one another, as the female characters reveal a common ancestry and ties to the fictional Ville Rose. In addition to the power of Danticat's themes, the book is enhanced by an element of suspense--we're never certain, for example, if a rickety boat packed with refugees introduced in the first tale will reach the Florida coast. Spare, elegant and moving, these stories cohere into a superb collection"--
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DLC
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1969-
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Danticat, Edwidge
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Intended audience
880L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
UG
LC call number
PS3554.A5815
LC item number
A6 2015
Literary form
fiction
Reading level
5.3
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Haitian Americans
  • Haiti
Label
Krik? krak!, Edwidge Danticat
Link
9781616957001.jpg
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Children of the sea -- Nineteen thirty-seven -- A wall of fire rising -- Night women -- Between the pool and the gardenias -- The missing peace -- Seeing things simply -- New York day women -- Caroline's wedding -- Epilogue: Women like us
Control code
ocn910294069
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
Twentieth anniversary edition.
Extent
223 pages
Isbn
9781616957001
Lccn
2015034104
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Label
Krik? krak!, Edwidge Danticat
Link
9781616957001.jpg
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Children of the sea -- Nineteen thirty-seven -- A wall of fire rising -- Night women -- Between the pool and the gardenias -- The missing peace -- Seeing things simply -- New York day women -- Caroline's wedding -- Epilogue: Women like us
Control code
ocn910294069
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
Twentieth anniversary edition.
Extent
223 pages
Isbn
9781616957001
Lccn
2015034104
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia

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