The Butterfly's Way

The Butterfly's Way

Voices From the Haitian Dyaspora [sic] in the United States

Book - 2001
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Random House, Inc.
In four sections—Childhood, Migration, First Generation, and Return—the contributors to this anthology write powerfully, often hauntingly, of their lives in Haiti and the United States. Jean-Robert Cadet's description of his Haitian childhood as a restavec—a child slave—in Port-au-Prince contrasts with Dany Laferriere's account of a ten-year-old boy and his beloved grandmother in Petit-Gove. We read of Marie Helene Laforest's realization that while she was white in Haiti, in the United States she is black. Patricia Benoit tells us of a Haitian woman refugee in a detention center who has a simple need for a red dress—dignity. The reaction of a man who has married the woman he loves is the theme of Gary Pierre-Pierre's "The White Wife"; the feeling of alienation is explored in "Made Outside" by Francie Latour. The frustration of trying to help those who have remained in Haiti and of the do-gooders who do more for themselves than the Haitians is described in Babette Wainwright's "Do Something for Your Soul, Go to Haiti." The variations and permutations of the divided self of the Haitian emigrant are poignantly conveyed in this unique anthology.

Baker & Taylor
An anthology of thirty-three essays and poems that explore the Haitian migration experience focuses on four separate themes--childhood, migration, first generation, and return.

& Taylor

An anthology of thirty-three essays and poems that explore the Haitian TmigrT experience focuses on four separate themes--Childhood, Migration, First Generation, and Return--in works by Jean-Robert Cadet, Marie Helen Laforest, Patricia Benoit, Gary Pierre-Pierre, Francie Latour, Babette Wainwright, and other writers. Original. 12,500 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Soho Press, c2001
ISBN: 9781569472187
Branch Call Number: 810.9972 BUT
Characteristics: xvii, 251 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Danticat, Edwidge 1969-


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