MacArthur Fellowship recipient Edwidge Danticat has received a host of honors, including a National Book Critics Circle Award for Brother, I'm Dying. An undeniably affecting tale of love and heartbreak, Claire of the Sea Light takes place in a seaside town in Haiti. There, widower Nozias finally makes the gut-wrenching decision to give up his daughter Claire so she can have a better life. But when the girl goes missing, the resulting search unearths long-hidden secrets that cast a startling new light on those in town.
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by Edwidge Danticat
by Paule Marshall
by Marlon James
by Hannah Pittard
by Aminatta Forna
"Young ClaireÕs story takes place in a Haitian fishing village, and Robin Miles, as narrator, is a master of the language and its unique pronunciations. Her ease with accents helps create a sense of place, but her overall pacing is halting, to the point of sounding too heavy at times. This problem loosens up somewhat as the audiobook progresses, but it does impact its appeal as a whole. The story of ClaireÕs disappearance seems to unfold in slow motion, and MilesÕs vocals lack the distinctive quality that would enrapture a listener. Fans of Danticat may be drawn in by the authorÕs compassionate voice; MilesÕs performance is reasonably good, while not resounding. L.B.F. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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