Claire of the Sea Light

Danticat, Edwidge

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Claire of the Sea Light
"The interconnected secrets of a coastal Haitian town are revealed when one little girl, the daughter of a fisherman, goes missing"--

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 030727179X
Branch Call Number: FIC DANTICA 2013
Characteristics: 238 pages ; 22 cm


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Just before her father sends her away for a “chance at a better life,” Claire disappears. Islanders discover secrets and harsh truths as they search for her in this beautiful, haunting story.

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Aug 11, 2014
  • aisha65 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I have liked her other novels, but this one just didn't do it for me.

Feb 26, 2014
  • Jane60201 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I have liked Edwidge Danticat's work a lot in the past but I was disappointed in this one.

Feb 21, 2014
  • claireswazey rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Maybe it's just me and my resistance to literary fiction. I find so much of it pretentious and boring. This book has been touted as the greatest thing since sliced bread but it's a basic and boring story. ****SPOILER ALERT************************************ Child learns about some plans involving her. Child runs away. Child comes back. Big deal.

Feb 19, 2014
  • gracindaisy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A girl loses her mother; a man loses his wife; a woman loses her daughter; a boy loses his friend, impregnates a maid and flees to Miami. All these characters become entwined in Ville Rose, Haiti. I must read more of Danticat!

Jan 31, 2014
  • rowanquincy rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Loved the title and the cover, the book, not so much. It seemed so disjointed and I didn't really connect to any of the characters.

Jan 14, 2014

The author did a splendid job putting the many stories together in which they neatly folded into one. A story about the love of a father who had lost the love of his life at the same time a new love begin. A love so deep he was willing to give her away to give her hope of a new life. A story of a young man who was on the right path but crossed the path of the undesirable and met a fate undeserved. A woman who appeared to have a wonderful life but had dealt with so much pain it took its toll. And a village whose natural beauty is ravaged by time. I will check out other books by this author.

Jan 05, 2014
  • Crheneghan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The writing is beautiful, the story painful. I felt that Danticat captured and conveyed the essence of the island. This slim work took me awhile to read but held my imagination long afterward.

Sep 13, 2013
  • ParnassusReads rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Claire of The Sea Light is an ensnaring, beautiful, and evocative novel by Hatian-American author Edwidge Danticat. I was immediately drawn into the narrative by the first paragraph, and did not put it down until I was done, four hours later. Claire of the Sea Light is less about the titular character and more about the intersecting lives of members of a small seaside town/village in Haiti, Ville Rose. It’s also about the legacies parents leave their children, in both presence and absence.

If at at first the novel seems more like a collection of loosely related short stories, the reader should keep reading. It becomes more and more obvious that the town is a character like the others, and it is what binds them all together. However, perhaps because of this, the coalescence of characters and events is less coherent than one might like. One of the story lines I was most interested in was simply dropped, and in the end, the reader is left not knowing the fates of characters she has been invited to invest quite a bit of emotion in. But that is the purview of fiction showing lives in progress, lives that are unfinished or only just begun. Like the radio show Louise George hosts, Danticat shows us the moments where people’s lives change for the better or worse, and leaves us with the hope that everything will turn out all right for these people whose stories we have come to love.


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