Edwidge Danticat talks about her family and ‘Brother, I’m Dying’

August 28, 2013
Edwidge Danticat's most recent novel is "Claire of the Sea Light" (Credit: Katherine Frey/TWP).
Edwidge Danticat’s most recent novel is “Claire of the Sea Light” (Credit: Katherine Frey/TWP).

This week, Edwidge Danticat has published a gorgeous, melancholy novel called “Claire of the Sea Light.” It’s about a little girl and her troubled neighbors in a small Haitian village. (You can read my review here in today’s paper.) The whole time I was reading it, I kept hearing the sentences in Danticat’s soft, melodious voice.

Back in 2007, I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with her about a harrowing nonfiction book she’d just published called “Brother, I’m Dying,” which won a National Book Critics Circle Award. You can listen to that interview here:




Ron Charles is the editor of The Washington Post's Book World. For a dozen years, he enjoyed teaching American literature and critical theory in the Midwest, but finally switched to journalism when he realized that if he graded one more paper, he'd go crazy.
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