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Book #57: Ayiti

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The debut collection from the vibrant voice of Roxane Gay is a unique blend of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, all interwoven to represent the Haitian diaspora experience.

Author: Roxanne Gay
Publisher: Artistically Declined Press (October 11, 2011)
Chapters: 15 short stories
Pages: 121

Ayiti is Haitian Creole for Haiti. Haiti is the French spelling of the original word.

I love stories from Haiti!

Ayiti is made up of 15 short stories and the author holds no punches as she delivers the good and bad that intertwines Haiti. She was honest, raw and beautiful. I’ve never been to Haiti, but I was transported to the contrast of the beauty and equally ugly poverty. I felt the pain, the relief and also the happiness. It was an emotional journey. I saw Haiti through her eyes and I didn’t want to leave.

She wrapped me up in an emotional passionate blanket then slapped me with the hard cold reality of human nature. Haiti is beautiful and ugly. Truth and lies. Dark and light. Some of the stories are vignettes while others are a little longer. 

One of the many perks of working in a library is the fact that I get to read books before they’re put on the shelf. This is a book that I wouldn’t have bought in the store.

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VERDICT:

3… I would’ve given the book more steaming coffees, but for some reason, it felt unfinished. 

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