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Krik? Krak!
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Soho Pr Inc
Publication date December 15, 2015
Pages 223
Binding Paperback
Edition 20 anv
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781616957001
ISBN-10 161695700X
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.35 lbs.
Original list price $14.95
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Edwidge Danticat's only short story collection. Gorgeous 20th anniversary edition—complete with a new story!

Arriving one year after the Haitian-American's first novel (Breath, Eyes, Memory) alerted critics to her compelling voice, these 10 stories, some of which have appeared in small literary journals, confirm Danticat's reputation as a remarkably gifted writer.

Examining the lives of ordinary Haitians, particularly those struggling to survive under the brutal Duvalier regime, Danticat illuminates the distance between people's desires and the stifling reality of their lives. A profound mix of Catholicism and voodoo spirituality informs the tales, bestowing a mythic importance on people described in the opening story, "Children of the Sea," as those "in this world whose names don't matter to anyone but themselves." The ceaseless grip of dictatorship often leads men to emotionally abandon their families, like the husband in "A Wall of Fire Rising," who dreams of escaping in a neighbor's hot-air balloon. The women exhibit more resilience, largely because of their insistence on finding meaning and solidarity through storytelling; but Danticat portrays these bonds with an honesty that shows that sisterhood, too, has its power plays. In the book's final piece, "Epilogue: Women Like Us," she writes: "Are there women who both cook and write? Kitchen poets, they call them. They slip phrases into their stew and wrap meaning around their pork before frying it. They make narrative dumplings and stuff their daughter's mouths so they say nothing more."

These stories inform and enrich one another, as the female characters reveal a common ancestry and ties to the fictional Ville Rose. In addition to the power of Danticat's themes, the book is enhanced by an element of suspense—we're never certain, for example, if a rickety boat packed with refugees introduced in the first tale will reach the Florida coast. Spare, elegant and moving, these stories cohere into a superb collection.

Editions
Hardcover
from Soho Pr Inc (April 1, 1995)
9781569470251 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $20.00
About: Nine stories describe life under dictatorship in Haiti and the experiences of families who fled to the United States to start new lives
Paperback
Book cover for 9780679766575 Book cover for 9781616957001
 
The price comparison is for this edition
20 anv edition from Soho Pr Inc (December 15, 2015)
9781616957001 | details & prices | 223 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $14.95
About: Edwidge Danticat's only short story collection.
Reprint edition from Vintage Books (April 1, 1996)
9780679766575 | details & prices | 224 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $14.95
About: Nine stories describe life under dictatorship in Haiti and the experiences of families who fled to the United States to start new lives
Reinforced
from Demco Media (December 1, 1996); titled "Krik? Krak"
9780606252737 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $22.30
About: Nine stories describe life under dictatorship in Haiti and the experiences of families who fled to the United States to start new lives
Prebinding
Book cover for 9781417619313
 
Reprint edition from Paw Prints (November 5, 2008)
9781439571248 | details & prices | 224 pages | List price $22.95
About: Edwidge Danticat's only short story collection.
from Turtleback Books (April 2, 1996)
9781417619313 | details & prices | 5.25 × 7.75 × 0.87 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $26.90
About: Nine stories describe life under dictatorship in Haiti and the experiences of families who fled to the United States to start new lives

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