American Book Award-winning author Edwidge Danticat earned a National Book Award nomination for this brilliant collection of stories, which includes Pushcart Prize winner "Between the Pool and the Gardenias." A "remarkably gifted writer" (Publishers Weekly), Danticat examines the brutality of her native Haiti, particularly as it affects women, in tales that soar with raw emotion.
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"Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat is a collection of short stories that detail the Haitian experience. A combination of reflection, storytelling, history, and memories each story brings to light different aspects of Haitian culture, while reinforcing the commonalities between the Haitian people. As a whole, Krik? Krak! is an emotional whirlwind. Danticat brings forth the raw emotions felt by the characters and exposes the reader to those same feelings of love, kinship, grief, and pride. In attempting to dissect the novel, I found myself wanting to know why Danticat would want the reader to relive these somber stories. To all readers whether Haitian or not, the stories illustrate a turbulent past in Haiti through images of oppression, destitution, and tragedy. Danticat may hope to use these stories to remind the Haitian people of their past, not just through dates and event, but through the eyes of their ancestors. Krik? Krak! is a testament to retell these stories and carry the past with you always."
Mary (5 out of 5 stars)
About Edwidge Danticat
Edwidge Danticat is the author of numerous books, including Brother,
I’m Dying, a National Book Critics Circle Award and National Book Award
finalist; Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik?
Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; The Farming of Bones, an
American Book Award winner; and The Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award
finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize. The recipient of a MacArthur
Fellowship, she has been published in the New Yorker, the New York
Times, and elsewhere. She lives in Miami.
About the Narrators
Dion Graham is an award-winning narrator named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine. He has been a recipient of the prestigious Audie Award numerous times, as well as Earphones Awards, the Publishers Weekly Listen Up Awards, IBPA Ben Franklin Awards, and the ALA Odyssey Award. He was nominated in 2015 for a Voice Arts Award for Outstanding Narration. He is also a critically acclaimed actor who has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. He is a graduate of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, with an MFA degree in acting.
Robin Miles, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration, an Audie Award for directing, and many Earphones Awards. Her film and television acting credits include The Last Days of Disco, Primary Colors, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, New York Undercover, National Geographic’s Tales from the Wild, All My Children, and One Life to Live. She regularly gives seminars to members of SAG and AFTRA actors’ unions, and in 2005 she started Narration Arts Workshop in New York City, offering audiobook recording classes and coaching. She holds a BA degree in theater studies from Yale University, an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama, and a certificate from the British American Drama Academy in England.