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Claire of the Sea Light
EDWIDGE DANTICAT

Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
223 reviews (2013) (256p)
Publisher's Weekly Best Books of 2013: Fiction #1
Michiko Kakutani's Favorite Books of 2013 #1
New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2013 #1
Library Journal Best Books 2013: The Top Ten #1
ALA Notable Books - Fiction #1

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Book Description

From the best-selling author of Brother, I’m Dying and The Dew Breaker: a stunning new work of fiction that brings us deep into the intertwined lives of a small seaside town where a little girl, the daughter of a fisherman, has gone missing.

Claire Limyè Lanmè—Claire of the Sea Light—is an enchanting child born into love and tragedy in Ville Rose, Haiti. Claire’s mother died in childbirth, and on each of her birthdays Claire is taken by her father, Nozias, to visit her mother’s grave. Nozias wonders if he should give away his young daughter to a local shopkeeper, who lost a child of her own, so that Claire can have a better life.

But on the night of Claire’s seventh birthday, when at last he makes the wrenching decision to do so, she disappears. As Nozias and others look for her, painful secrets, haunting memories, and startling truths are unearthed among the community of men and women whose individual stories connect to Claire, to her parents, and to the town itself. Told with piercing lyricism and the economy of a fable, Claire of the Sea Light is a tightly woven, breathtaking tapestry that explores what it means to be a parent, child, neighbor, lover, and friend, while revealing the mysterious bonds we share with the natural world and with one another. Embracing the magic and heartbreak of ordinary life, it is Edwidge Danticat’s most spellbinding, astonishing book yet.


Other Award Winning Books by Edwidge Danticat
Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat
77 reviews (2007) (624p) (NBA Non) (NBCCA AutoBio)
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The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat
57 reviews (2004) (256p) (NBCCA) (PF)
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The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat
64 reviews (1998) (320p) (ALA)
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Krik?Krak! by Edwidge Danticat
75 reviews (1995) (240p) (NBA)
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Edwidge Danticat Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 7  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 5  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 0  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 1 The Dew Breaker ·  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 2 Krik?Krak! · Brother, I’m Dying ·  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 1 The Dew Breaker ·  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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