EDWIDGE DANTICAT was born on January 19, 1969, in Leogane, Haiti; immigrated to the United States, 1981; daughter of André Miracin (a cab driver) and Rose Souvenance (a textile worker) Danticat. Her education: Barnard College, BA, 1990; Brown University, MFA, 1993.
Edwidge Danticat is one of only a handful of contemporary novelists of Haitian heritage writing in English. Danticat did not begin learning English until she moved from Haiti to New York City as an adolescent. Her talents in this second language were evident in her award-winning 1994 debut, Breath, Eyes, Memory. In this work, as well as her equally lauded 1995 short story collection, Krik? Krak!, Danticat focuses on the lives and losses of Haitians, both at home--where poverty, political repression, and fear were everyday hindrances for decades--and as transplants to urban America, where Haitians face similar poverty, compounded by racism. "The agonies of Haiti are as wide as they are deep," the Caribbean-focused journal Islands acknowledged. "It would seem impossible, in fact, to write anything about Haiti that wasn't entirely tragic, yet Edwidge Danticat has done it." As of 2015, Danticat was continuing to promote Haiti's needs and write award-winning books about Haiti from her home in Florida. ( "Edwidge Danticat." Contemporary Black Biography, vol. 68, Gale, 2008. Biography in Context )
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Breath, Eyes, Memory
by Edwidge Danticat