Danticat’s ‘hypnotic’ novel ‘Claire’ soon out in paperback

Brooklyn-raised author Edwidge Danticat’s bestselling novel “Claire of the Sea Light” will be out in paperback on July 1. “Claire”, which has met with effusive praise from national sources and has been hailed as “one of the best novels of 2013” by The Washington Post, NPR, and The Boston Globe, is a tightly-woven, breathtaking tapestry told with the economy of a fable that explores what it means to be a parent, neighbor, lover and friend.

The novel, hailed as “hypnotic” and “heartbreaking” by the New York Times Book Review, which declared it a Notable Book, and as “fiercely beautiful” by the Los Angeles Times, has already been enjoyed by many readers in hardback, and will now be available to an expanded audience. With piercing lyricism, Danticat reveals the mysterious bonds we share with the natural world and with one another.

Cliare Limye Lanme — Claire of the Sea Light — is born into love and tragedy in Ville Rose, Haiti. Claire’s mother died in childbirth, and her father, Nozias, wonders if he should give away his young daughter to a local shopkeeper, who lost a child of her own, to give Claire a chance at 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 the people of Ville Rose look for her, painful secrets, haunting memories and startling truths are unearthed within the community, whose individual stories connect to Claire, to her parents and to the town itself.

Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti, and later moved to Brooklyn, where she spent her teenage years. She is the author of numerous previous books, many of which have been nominated for and received awards. She has won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the American Book Award, and is the recipeent of a Mac Arthur Fellowship, and has been nominated for the National Book Award multiple times. She currently resides in Miami.