The Butterfly's Way

The Butterfly's Way

Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States

By Edwidge Danticat (Editor)

Soho Press, Paperback, 9781569472187, 304pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2003

Description
In five sections Childhood, Migration, Half/First Generation, Return, and Future the thirty-three contributors to this anthology write movingly, often hauntingly, of their lives in Haiti and the United States. Their "dyaspora," much like a butterfly's fluctuating path, is a shifting landscape in which there is much travel between two worlds, between their place of origin and their adopted land.
This compilation of essays and poetry brings together Haitian-Americans of different generations and backgrounds, linking the voices for whom English is a first language and others whose dreams will always be in French and "Kreyol." Community activists, scholars, visual artists and filmmakers join renowned journalists, poets, novelists and memoirists to produce a poignant portrayal of lives in transition.
Edwidge Danticat, in her powerful introduction, pays tribute to Jean Dominique, a sometime participant in the Haitian "dyaspora" and a recent martyr to Haiti's troubled politics, and the many members of the "dyaspora" who refused to be silenced. Their stories confidently and passionately illustrate the joys and heartaches, hopes and aspirations of a relatively new group of immigrants belonging to two countries that have each at times maligned and embraced them.


About the Author
Edwidge Danticat is the author of numerous critically accalimedbooks, including Breath, Eyes, Memory; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist, The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; The Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, and Brother, I'm Dying, winner of an NBCC award in Autobiography.